Man pleads guilty in drunken driving crash that injured 1

Published 9:38 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018

An Albert Lea man charged after driving drunk during a three-vehicle crash in March that injured an Emmons man in Albert Lea pleaded guilty Wednesday in Freeborn County District Court.

Omar Sanchez Jr.

Omar Gasper Sanchez Jr., 20, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor carrying or possessing a pistol and fourth-degree driving while intoxicated.

Court documents state Sanchez was charged after Albert Lea officers received a report of a traffic crash at about 6:40 p.m. March 10 at the intersection of Fifth Street and Frank Avenue.

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Sanchez was driving a Nissan Maxima east on Fifth Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign, traveling 80 mph and striking the rear-end of a parked 2004 Lincoln LS. The Lincoln reportedly traveled 30 feet into a trailer that landed on its side in the middle of the road. The Nissan veered right, striking and damaging a light pole.

The passenger, Oscar Leonard Galvin, was unconscious after the crash. He reportedly suffered at least a broken collarbone, and was later taken by a critical care team to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Several .45-caliber bullets were found in Sanchez’s pocket, along with a baggie of marijuana weighing 3.2 grams.

An empty Glock 10-round magazine was found on Galvin, and a .45-caliber handgun was located near Galvin’s feet.

Sanchez was charged with two counts of felony criminal vehicular operation, misdemeanor marijuana possession in a motor vehicle and one other DWI count, but those charges were dismissed.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 28. Sanchez is expected to receive two stayed 365-day jail sentences with conditions set by a pre-sentence investigation.

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