Apple Valley motorcycle crash charges: Woman had .36 BAC - KMSP-TV

Charges: Woman had .36 BAC, felt 'alright to drive'

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Lakeville, Minn. woman who struck and killed a motorcyclist last Thursday in Apple Valley, Minn. said she felt she was "alright to drive" despite registering a .360 BAC.

Leah Marie Colwell, 44, said she drank four Captain Cokes before driving. She told police she was behind the wheel because her passengers had more drinks than she did.

Colwell is charged with criminal vehicular homicide by negligence, driving with a cancelled license, fourth-degree DWI and an open bottle violation.

According to the charges, Colwell was making a left turn onto northbound Harwell Avenue from eastbound 160th Street when she crossed in front of a motorcycle driven by 29-year-old Jeffrey Trondson.

"He was driving out of the driveway. He said, 'Pops, I'll be back in 20 minutes.' Never heard from him again. Until I came and saw his body laying here," said Dave Williams, Trondson's father.

Trondson died at the scene.

A backseat passenger admitted to throwing a bottle of Captain Morgan rum and a bottle of tequila into a nearby trash can following the crash. The bottles were recovered and police determined they had been opened.

A preliminary breath test at the scene showed Colwell had a .360 BAC. A follow-up test registered a .340 and results of a blood test are pending.

A family member of Colwell told FOX 9 that she has an alcohol problem.

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