Man charged with driving on BL softball field

Published 11:17am Monday, May 16, 2011

Daily Journal

An Eagan man was charged in Otter Tail County court last week for allegedly tearing a hole in the Battle Lake School’s high school softball field fence as he drunkenly drove his pickup truck through town on May 7.

Rod Andrew Larson, 35, was charged with two counts of DWI and one count of first degree criminal damage to property. He allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .2 when he was pulled over by a Battle Lake police officer, court records stated.

Larson was pulled over at about 10:45 p.m. after the officer observed him fishtailing and speeding on downtown streets. When stopped, Larson appeared visibly drunk and allegedly failed two sobriety tests.

As the police officer was speaking to Larson, he noticed what appeared to be recent damage to Larson’s pickup truck, including several body panels, his side mirrors, windshield and hood. When questioned about the damage, Larson said he had hit something near the school.

When the officer investigated the area around the school, he found that someone had torn a large hole in the outfield fence of the school’s softball field by driving a vehicle through the fence, leaving large divots and skid marks in right field before driving back out of the hole. The officer used the skid marks to determine that the vehicle had been traveling at least 45 mph while it was in the field, and he found shards of mirror, an antennae and other debris that allegedly matched Larson’s truck.

The damage to the field is estimated to be at least $1,200.

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