Flying mud from a truck with a flatbed trailer attempting to leave the ditch caught the eye of a Polk County Deputy, and landed a Minnesota man with his fifth Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge.
38-year-old Ryan Rosenberger of Circle Pines, Minnesota, was charged with his most recent OWI charge in connection with a May 23 incident in Osceola.
According to the criminal complaint, a deputy observed a truck with trailer driving south out of a ditch back onto Highway 35. The trailer had had a jeep strapped down on top of it and the trailer was wildly whipping side to side coming out of the ditch. The deputy stated he saw dirt flying through the air and observed the vehicle re-enter the highway, northbound, going on two wheels and sliding sideways. It was noticed the trailer was whipping into the other lane of traffic on one side of its wheels. The deputy stated other vehicles were taking evasive action to avoid being hit by the out-of-control truck and trailer. The deputy immediately slammed on his brakes to avoid colliding with the truck and activated all emergency lights to signal the vehicle to stop.
The complaint states as the deputy neared the driver side of the truck, the driver’s window was open and he could smell the odor of a intoxicating beverage. The driver’s speech was slurred and when asked if he had been drinking, he said he had not. His driver’s license identified him as Rosenberger. Rosenberger said he thought he was on “97” and stated he was on his way to Trollhaugen, coming from Lino Lakes.
The deputy performed standardized field sobriety testing with Rosenberger and a preliminary breath test (PBT) produced a result of 0.23. He was transported to St. Croix Regional Medical Center for a blood draw and then brought to the Polk County Jail. If convicted, Rosenberger faces 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines.