A judge sentenced a man to two months in jail for driving into a coffee shop patio in Eagan and seriously injuring two patrons while he was legally intoxicated.
Ihar Daniliuk, 45, was sentenced in Dakota County District Court last week after pleading guilty to two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation in connection with the Aug. 19, 2019, crash at the Starbucks in the 1400 block of Central Park Commons Drive.
Stanton Baldwin, 29, of West St. Paul suffered a broken leg and ribs, a spinal fracture, internal bleeding and a dislocated hip. The other victim, Macy Olson, 30, of Eagan, suffered a broken leg and needed stitches to close cuts to her face.
Judge Joseph Carter lowered the counts to gross misdemeanor infractions and ordered Daniliuk to serve 30 days of his sentence starting on the second and third anniversaries of the crash.
Daniliuk, of Eagan, was also put on probation for two years and must pay restitution.
The County Attorney’s Office wanted a six-month jail sentence and five years’ probation for Daniliuk, and opposed reducing the counts.
“We are reviewing the matter to determine if we have the basis to appeal the sentence,” said Monica Jensen, spokeswoman for the County Attorney’s Office.
Olson told police she saw Daniliuk trying to park at a nearby grocery store but the SUV jumped the curb and drove straight toward her and Baldwin.
Daniliuk admitted to police that he drank a bottle of Fireball whiskey about two hours earlier and explained that he “mixed up the pedals,” hitting the accelerator instead of the brakes, the criminal complaint read.
A preliminary breath test measured Daniliuk’s blood alcohol content at 0.18%, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.