A 47-year-old unlicensed motorist spent the evening drinking booze, at times while driving, before she fatally ran over her boyfriend and sped away from their northwestern Minnesota home, authorities allege.
Beth R. Windus, of Gonvick, was charged Tuesday in Polk County District Court with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the death late Friday of Jonathon N. Sundquist, 51, outside the couple’s home on 420th Avenue SE. Windus remains jailed without bail before a Sept. 10 hearing.
A preliminary breath test given to Windus by a sheriff’s deputy soon after Sundquist’s death measured her blood alcohol content at 0.162%, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
She acknowledged drinking four beers, a mixed vodka drink and a shot of whiskey in the time before hitting Sundquist, the charges read. She also admitted drinking beer while driving around with Sundquist that evening, the criminal complaint continued.
Windus’ driver’s license was revoked in 2016. She was on probation at the time of this incident and was under court order not to drink alcohol or visit bars or liquor stores.
According to the complaint:
A sheriff’s deputy called to the home about 11:55 p.m. found Sundquist on the ground at the end of the driveway. He was bleeding from the head and had no pulse. A doctor at the scene declared Sundquist dead.
Windus, who works at the Sportsman’s Lodge in nearby Pine Lake, drove to her boss’ home. Her boss told authorities that Windus appeared frightened and said, “It’s bad.”
Law enforcement caught up with Windus, who explained that Sundquist “had been really crabby,” was mad that she did not cook for him and was throwing things around the house hours before he was run over.
Once Sundquist calmed down, he and Windus went to get takeout food and argued while waiting for their order. She drove back home and ordered Sundquist out of the pickup truck. She backed up, felt a “thump, thump,” saw Sundquist on the ground and then sped off, according to the charges.
Windus said she felt she did “something bad,” the complaint read, but did not mean to run over Sundquist.