Probation for man who drove drunk, caused injury crash

Published 9:02 pm Friday, October 12, 2018

An Albert Lea man who was driving drunk during a crash that injured another person last November was placed on probation for three years Friday in Freeborn County District Court.

Sar Way

Sar Way, 30, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation in July. One year of probation is expected to be supervised, with the other two unsupervised.

Judge Steven Schwab ordered Way to not use alcohol, drugs or controlled substances with the exception of prescribed medications for one year; submit to random testing, not enter bars or liquor stores and follow other requirements.

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He was placed on electronic alcohol home monitoring for 26 days, beginning by Nov. 1. 

Way was sentenced to 364 days, and 360 days were stayed. He was given credit for four days served.

Court documents state Way was charged after an Albert Lea police officer was dispatched to assist with a crash with injuries at about 8:25 p.m. Nov. 25 at the intersection of East Main Street and Elizabeth Avenue.

Way was driving a 2008 Honda Pilot the wrong way on East Main Street when he struck a 2016 Honda Accord driven by Kari Roisen, 57, of Albert Lea.

Roisen was taken to the hospital after briefly losing consciousness, suffering abrasions and cuts and experiencing pain.

Way had a .123 blood alcohol content on a preliminary breath test.

He was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, but that charge was dismissed.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.

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