Alcohol suspected in Olmsted County crash

State Patrol says driver nearly hit another vehicle before going into the ditch.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 1:05 PM

FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A near miss turned into a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday evening in Olmsted County.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Andrew Christopher Chilson, 30 of Elgin, was driving north on Highway 63, about one mile north of the intersection with 75th Street, when he crossed over the center line a little before 7:30 pm. Chilson nearly hit a southbound vehicle head-on, then continued across the southbound lane and entered the ditch, rolling his car onto its side.

Chilson was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for what are described as non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol says he was wearing his seat belt. They also say they believe alcohol was involved in this crash.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Elgin Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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