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Speed and intoxication blamed for Olmsted County motorcycle crash

Rider taken to the hospital.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 7:47 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2019 12:33 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Authorities are blaming speeding and possible intoxication for a motorcycle crash Tuesday that sent the rider to the hospital.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says Nathan Espenson, 32 of Rochester, was riding near the intersection of 60th Avenue NW and Valleyhigh Drive NW when he lost control just before 6:30 pm, drifted across the roadway, hit soft gravel, and flipped.
Espenson was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office says Espenson was rising at an unsafe speed and there were signs of alcohol of substance abuse. Espenson reportedly refused to take a blood test, saying “I’m not giving you my blood without a fight” and knocking a hat off a phlebotomist.

Espenson is charged with 4th degree DWI, 3rd degree refusal to test, and driving after revocation.

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