Charges: Drunk Wisconsin mom crashed minivan in St. Paul, injured child
After five drinks at a St. Paul bar, a Wisconsin woman driving a minivan with her three young children inside flipped the vehicle, rolling it onto one side and injuring one of the kids, prosecutors allege.
Christal Jean Luellen, 34, of New Richmond took a breath test at the scene and registered a 0.176 blood-alcohol content, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08.
Luellen was charged in Ramsey County District Court with five criminal counts, including criminal vehicular operation, endangerment of a child and driving while impaired.
According to the complaint, at 2:30 a.m. Friday a State Patrol trooper came across Luellen’s minivan, on its side, near Concordia Avenue and Lexington Parkway in St. Paul. Luellen was sitting on a sidewalk nearby, along with her three children: a 4-year-old girl and two boys, ages 8 and 12.
The 8-year-old was bleeding heavily from a facial injury and was treated at Regions Hospital, the complaint stated. The other children were unhurt.
Luellen told the trooper that she had been drinking at Born’s Bar in St. Paul and had drunk five alcoholic beverages. She then drove to her aunt’s house, she said, where her children were staying, but she argued with her aunt and left with her children.
Witnesses told police Luellen ran a red light and rolled her vehicle. She had been traveling south on Lexington and turned to enter eastbound Interstate 94.
Luellen admitted to the trooper that she’d had too much to drink and shouldn’t have been driving, the complaint said.
Luellen was held in Ramsey County jail Friday in lieu of $20,000 bail. The conditions of her release allow no contact with her children, unless approved by child protection services.