Charges: Speeding driver was drunk when he crashed Corvette, killing passenger in Eden Prairie

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 9:16 PM

 

A 47-year-old man was charged Friday with being drunk when he crashed his speeding Corvette in August just seconds from his home in Eden Prairie, killing a 23-year-old Marine and husband riding with him from a nearby bar.

Randoll G. Sloan, of Eden Prairie, was charged by warrant with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of his nephew, Kyle Boline, of Robbinsdale.

Test results revealed that Sloan’s blood alcohol content less than four hours after the crash was 0.19 percent, more than double the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

Specifically, the counts allege driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with an alcohol concentration greater than 0.08 percent and driving in a grossly negligent manner.

Defense attorney Dennis B. Johnson, at the county jail Friday afternoon arranging for Sloan’s release, said he has yet to see the charging document and was not ready to comment on the allegations.

Boline, a corporal, was a “proud Marine who served in Afghanistan,” according to his online obituary. Among his survivors is his wife, Rachel.

According to the criminal complaint:

Sloan was driving his Corvette about 7:45 p.m. Aug. 1 when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, struck a power line pole and flipped the car. Both men were thrown from the car.

Boline died less than two hours later at Hennepin County Medical Center. Sloan suffered a broken leg and significant head wounds.

A motorist told investigators that the silver Corvette sped past him at more than twice the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour as they both headed south on Eden Prairie Road near Kurtz Lane. The witness said one of the people in the car gave him the finger.

The witness noticed a cloud of dust ahead and caught up to the Corvette after it had gone off the road and overturned.

Two witnesses at the Gold Nugget Tavern and Grille in Minnetonka, about 1½ miles north of the crash scene, said they saw the two men leave the bar and get into the Corvette, with Sloan behind the wheel.

One of the witnesses said that both men appeared “a little off” and had reddened faces. She added that they both appeared intoxicated.

The Sheriff’s Office crime lab determined through DNA evidence from blood throughout the car that Sloan was the driver.

Sloan told investigators that night that he had no memory of the crash, which occurred around the corner from Sloan’s home on N. Lund Road.

State records show that Sloan’s driving record in Minnesota includes speeding tickets in 2009, 1992 and 1991, a drunken-driving conviction in 1987, and two citations for failing to wear a seat belt.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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