A 24-year-old man who tried to stop a friend from driving drunk outside of a West St. Paul bar early Friday ended up in critical condition after being dragged two blocks by that friend’s vehicle.
Kyle Kissinger of St. Paul sustained severe brain trauma while dangling from vehicle from the Commercial Club parking lot to the Oakdale Avenue and Haskell Street intersection. He was in critical but stable condition late Friday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. As of Monday, his condition was upgraded to serious.
Jason Lee Schultz, 24, of West St. Paul denied Kissinger’s request to hand over the keys, and drove off. It’s unclear if he knew his friend was snagged on the vehicle. Schultz was arrested by West St. Paul Police at his home soon after the 2:30 a.m. incident.
Schultz and Kissinger were socializing with a group of people at the Commercial Club. Kissinger recently completed a two-year stint with the Army Reserve last month. It is unknown if Kissinger had been drinking.
Schultz was in the Dakota County Jail on suspicion of felony criminal vehicular operation with negligence while under the influence of alcohol and gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
He was released on $75,000 bail. Charges have not yet been filed. The county attorney’s office will review medical documents and reports before filing charges in the case.