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Sheriff: Mother in SUV intentionally ran over adult son

The man had been drinking, and repeatedly turned down his mother's offers of a ride.

A 37-year-old man is recovering from serious injuries after authorities say he challenged his mother to run him over with an SUV - and she did.

This happened around 5 p.m. Monday in Salem Township, just west of Rochester, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says.

According to the sheriff's office:

The victim, who has a severe alcohol addiction and had been drinking heavily that day, was at his mother's home in Salem Township, but wanted to leave. So he began walking down the rural driveway.

His mother followed in a 2004 Ford Explorer, offering him a ride to a friend's house. He refused, his mother insisted, but he refused again. He then said to his mother something to the effect of, "Why don't you just run me over," and laid down in the driveway in front of the SUV.

His mother then did just that, running over him and telling the sheriff's office, "He didn't believe I would. He has been drinking all day. We gave him a chance."

He was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester and had surgery for "significant" pelvic injuries, the sheriff's office says.

His mother is facing several potential felony charges, the office adds, noting they believe it was intentional.

State figures found 5.5 percent of adults in Minnesota in 2016 met the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder. People ages 18-24 were more likely than older adults to have a disorder, and men were more likely than women.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a website that shows residential, outpatient and hospital inpatient treatment program locations for those in need.

And the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) also offers help, and can connect people with resources nearby.

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