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Charge: Minnesota man makes up story about fictitious driver in fatal crash

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ZUMBROTA, Minn. -- A Rochester man who authorities allege concocted a scheme to place a fictitious fourth individual in the driver’s seat in a fatal crash on Highway 52 near Zumbrota  in southeast Minnesota faces charges of vehicular homicide.

Jesse Jerold Juaire, 27, also is charged with driving while impaired in the fourth-degree for doing meth the night before and driving after license cancellation. If convicted of felony vehicular homicide, he faces 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to crash on Highway 52 at 4:47 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18. A 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was seen rolled over at the location and a trooper noted a female passenger had been ejected. Medics pronounced Cassandra Lynn Sis, 32, dead at the scene.

Neither Juaire nor a male passenger, Meless Lamar Bruton, 39, of  Austin, Minn., suffered injuries. However, authorities say, the two men made up the fictitious driver story. However, after deputies and a Minnesota State trooper assessed the scene and used a canine dog in a search, Juaire, who owned the car, admitted to being the driver.

Juaire was taken to the Zumbrota Police Department on suspicion of stimulant use after the trooper noticed the suspect was having a difficult time standing still. Juaire’s heart rate was reported at 120 beats per minute, above the average range of 60-90.

While speaking to an officer, Juaire stated he had used meth the evening before the crash.

Juaire was transferred to the Goodhue County jail.