CHISAGO COUNTY, MN– Charges have been filed against the driver who authorities say was drunk and driving on a revoked license when he rear-ended and killed a Moose Lake man near the Twin Cities Friday morning.
Samuel Moreno, 23, of Marine On Saint Croix, Minnesota, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, and driving after his license was revoked.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Joffre Michael Kolosky, 63, of Moose Lake, was driving north on Interstate 35 in North Branch around 5:28 a.m. Friday when Moreno rear-ended him.
Authorities say Moreno was speeding, and caused Kolosky’s car to leave the roadway to the right and roll, ultimately killing him.
Moreno left the scene of the crash but according to the Minnesota State Patrol, he was found shortly after lying on the floor of a rest stop bathroom.
Court documents show it took the deputy multiple attempts to wake Moreno up. Authorities say Moreno smelled of “a moderate odor of alcohol and a strong odor of burnt marijuana.”
Moreno also had fresh blood on his face, and according to authorities, could not answer basic questions.
Court documents show Moreno became violent when deputies attempted to put him under arrest. Authorities had tased Moreno several times before he complied.
Blood samples are being sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.
A judge set Moreno’s bail at $300,000 Monday morning. He’s scheduled to be back in court November 26.
According to Minnesota court records, Moreno has 12 previous driving convictions that include speeding, careless driving, failure to wear a seat belt and no proof of insurance.
Court documents show Moreno’s also pled guilty to operating while impaired in Polk County Wisconsin on July 25, 2016. Wisconsin law deems this a forfeiture, and Moreno’s driving privileges were revoked.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.