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Man sentenced in 2013 crash that injured three

December 16, 2017 GMT

The driver of a car that crashed in 2013, injuring two passengers, was sentenced Tuesday to a stayed 45-day jail sentence and placed on probation for three years.

Isaac Thomas Soltau, 28, of Stewartville, was charged in December 2015 with four felony counts of criminal vehicular operation and two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree DWI.

He was convicted of all charges after a bench trial in November in front of Olmsted County District Court Judge Joseph Chase.

Soltau received a stay of adjudication on two of the criminal vehicular operation charges; Chase did not adjudicate guilt on the remaining counts.

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With a stay of adjudication, the charges are dismissed when probation and its conditions are successfully completed. The defendant’s criminal record doesn’t reflect a conviction, but the arrest record remains.

The charges stem from an incident about 2:45 a.m. Sept. 22, 2013, when Rochester police responded to the 300 block of 36th Avenue Northwest for a report of a crash.

When officers arrived, they found three men, including Soltau, outside the vehicle; he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred, the complaint says.

He said he was driving one of the men home when he hit a curb and crashed. He admitted he “had too much to drink.” The impact of the crash sent the engine skidding down the street.

The three had reportedly been drinking together that night; all were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

One of the passengers was ejected through the back window of the vehicle when it flipped; he sustained a broken bone near his eye. The other man suffered broken bones at the base of his skull as well as multiple broken bones in his back and ribs, medical staff said.

A blood sample taken from Soltau almost two hours after the crash indicated a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10, court documents say.

A review of his criminal history indicates a speeding conviction in July 2017 for driving 69 mph in a 55 mph zone.