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Alcohol use suspected in ATV rollover that injured St. Joseph woman Saturday near Litchfield

Ashley Johnson, 34, of St. Joseph, was driving a Class 1 ATV on Meeker County Highway 16 when it rolled as she approached Minnesota Highway 22. She was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield and later air lifted to CentraCare - St. Cloud Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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LITCHFIELD — Alcohol use is suspected in a Saturday evening all-terrain vehicle rollover in Harvey Township, according to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Eric Cruze.

According to the release, Ashley Johnson, 34, of St. Joseph, was driving a Class 1 ATV on County Highway 16 when it rolled as she approached Minnesota Highway 22. She was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield and later air lifted to CentraCare — St. Cloud Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Richard Kielty, 57, of Watkins, and Richard Berg, 39, of Watkins, were traveling with Johnson on separate Class 1 ATVs. They were not involved in the crash and were not injured. Both were arrested for driving while impaired and were transported to the Meeker County Jail.

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The investigation is still active, as alcohol is also suspected in Johnson's crash.

Litchfield Rescue and Mayo Ambulance also responded to the incident reported at 5:53 p.m. Saturday.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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