An all-terrain vehicle crash on a central Minnesota trail left one passenger dead and the driver charged with being drunk at the time.
The rollover occurred about 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the Soo-Line Trail in Pierz Township, according to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office.
Karla J. Scheel, 37, of Rice, Minn., was pinned under the ATV along the trail just west of 280th Avenue, and emergency responders declared her dead at the scene.
An online fundraising campaign has been started to help her husband and seven children ages 3 to 17 with funeral and other expenses.
Eric B. Scholl, 45, of Royalton, Minn., was arrested and suspected of being drunk when he crashed Scheel’s ATV.
The other passenger told authorities that she, Scholl and Scheel had been drinking at a bar before they left together on the ATV, according to the criminal complaint.
A sheriff’s deputy responding to the crash scene said Scholl smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet, and had bloodshot and watery eyes, the complaint continued. He declined a preliminary breath test for alcohol.
Scholl was charged Monday and has a court appearance scheduled for midday Tuesday.