In case you needed a reminder why you should keep your cellphone quiet and out of reach when driving, this is it.
The image above is the damage caused to an SUV that rolled several times after its driver became distracted by his phone while driving in Stearns County early Tuesday morning.
According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, 26-year-old Raymundo Villavieencio-Quijas was driving along County Road 43 at around 2:27 a.m. when the distraction happened.
At a speed of 56 mph, the momentary distraction led to him driving into a ditch, causing his SUV to roll multiple times before coming to rest.
Villavieencio-Quijas went to a nearby home to call for help. Fortunately he was wearing a seatbelt and managed to escape with non-life-threatening injuries.
He was treated at St. Cloud Hospital before being issued a citation for driving after suspension, use of a telecommunication device and careless driving.
Distraction is one of the leading causes of crashes in Minnesota.
Driver distraction was cited as a contributing factor in 6.5 percent of multiple vehicle crashes in Minnesota last year, and was the cause of eight deaths on Minnesota roads.