WILLMAR — Adam Paul Gunderson, 37, of Benson, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation in connection with an accident this summer near Sunburg that injured a passenger in the car.

During an appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court, Gunderson pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation – substantial bodily harm – under the influence of alcohol.

A misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired was dismissed.

A presentence investigation was ordered, with sentencing scheduled for Jan. 9.

According to the State Patrol accident report filed at the time of the crash, at around 2 a.m. June 29, Gunderson was driving a 1996 GMC Jimmy south on Kandiyohi County Road 1 when he failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed over state Highway 9, went into the ditch and struck a tree and fence.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jesse C. Thompson, 41, of Benson, was injured.

The criminal complaint filed against Gunderson said the passenger suffered broken ribs, a broken sternum and a large cut to the head.

The Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy that responded to the scene reported that Gunderson admitted to drinking “plenty” of beer at a bar in Brooten, was on his way home and didn’t see the stop sign until it was too late.

A preliminary breath test indicated Gunderson had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.107, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.

Gunderson has two prior convictions for DWI in 2005 and 2007.