Driver charged with criminal vehicular operationPublished 9:59am Thursday, June 20, 2013 Updated 8:31am Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Erik Richard Drellack, 28, of McIntosh, was charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation in Otter Tail County District Court. His first court appearance was June 17.
According to the criminal complaint, Drellack drove a pickup truck, fell asleep and hit an approach early on June 10, 2012. Drellack reportedly told deputies at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes that he’d been drinking earlier in the day. His blood alcohol concentration at 4 a.m. was 0.16.
Deputies found the pickup at 1:42 a.m. on the shoulder of Hwy. 4. It had extensive damage, blood on the car doors and both airbags were deployed, according to the report.
The passenger was taken by air to Hennepin County Medical Center for head trauma and burns on the back of his left hand. He also had multiple facial fractures including comminuted fractures on nasal bones, a depressed right orbital floor fracture with blood in the right maxillary sinus, nondisplaced right lamina papyracea fractures, and a one-centimeter laceration overlying the right bridge of his nose needing sutures, the report says.