12 injured when car rear-ends Pedal Pub, knocking it over


The driver who rear-ended a Pedal Pub on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge Wednesday night had been drinking, reports say.

Police said the 35-year-old driver was drunk when he hit the Pedal Pub from behind at around 10 p.m. as it crossed the bridge, KSTP's Cleo Green tweeted.

The driver is being held without bail on suspicion of gross-misdemeanor drunken driving, the Star Tribune reports. He also faces possible charges of criminal vehicular operation causing injury, the Hennepin County Jail roster notes.

The crash knocked the Pedal Pub onto its side, trapping passengers, police tweeted. Passersby stopped to help lift the pub off the riders.

The 12 passengers were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with injuries; police said three people had "significant" injuries.

The driver of the Pedal Pub was not injured, KSTP notes.

As of Thursday morning, four people remained hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, while the others had been treated and released, FOX 9 reports.

The four in the hospital have been identified as Matt Peyton, 32; Andrew Yuen, 53; Murali Bontha, 44; and Lisa Helland, 31, the Star Tribune says. They are all in "satisfactory condition."

The Pedal Pub passengers included people from the Twin Cities, as well as visitors from California, Georgia and Texas, the newspaper notes.

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