WILLMAR — A Benson man has been sentenced to serve three years of probation for causing a crash that injured a passenger last summer.
Adam Paul Gunderson, 38, received a stay of imposition on a felony criminal vehicular operation charge when he was sentenced Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. If he successfully completes three years of probation, the charge will be listed on his record as a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to serve three days in jail and given credit for three days already served.
A misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired was dismissed at sentencing.
Gunderson was also ordered to pay $590 in fines and court fees.
Conditions of his probation include no possession of alcohol or non-prescription drugs, random testing and no possession of firearms. He is to write a letter of apology and do two 30-day stints on electronic alcohol monitoring beginning on June 15 in 2020 and 2021.
According to the Minnesota 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. According to court records, Thompson 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 percent, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.
Gunderson has two prior convictions for DWI in 2005 and 2007.