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Drunken driver sideswipes car

April 18, 2018 GMT

A Rochester man is facing charges after he allegedly sideswiped another vehicle and then fled the scene on Monday night.

But the 49-year-old victim, who was injured, was able to lead police to the man — because the two are neighbors, said Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kirby Long.

David James Schwartz, 41, could face multiple charges in the incident, including criminal vehicular operation, fourth-degree DWI, careless driving and hit and run, Long said.

The incident started around 6:47 p.m., when Schwartz was traveling east on 75th Street Northwest. He drove over the median, across both lanes of traffic to the north road shoulder, and sideswiped the victim’s vehicle, which was heading west on 75th Street, according to Long.

An airbag in the 49-year-old’s vehicle was deployed, which resulted in injuries including cuts on his face and an injury to his ear; his glasses were also broken, Long said.

Schwartz approached the victim’s car, and while the man was looking for a second pair of glasses, Schwartz returned to his car and fled the scene, Long said.

The 49-year-old told police that Schwartz was “talking kind of funny and acting strange,” Long said. But he was able to identify Schwartz because the two are neighbors.

Deputies went to Schwartz’s northwest Rochester home, a few miles from the scene of the crash. There, they determined he was impaired, so they administered a preliminary breath test, which indicated a .151, Long said. That level is nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Schwartz was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for a blood test.

The 49-year-old man refused medical care, Long said.