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Records published March 25, 2022

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Two injured, including a Chippewa County sheriff's deputy, in crash northwest of Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO — The two drivers involved in a crash Wednesday afternoon northwest of Montevideo both suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, said the Minnesota State Patrol crash report.

Jeffrey Marvin Jerve, 31, of Montevideo, and Lawrence Charles Mechura, 46, of Appleton were transported to CCM Health Hospital in Montevideo.

The crash occurred around 4:06 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 59 near 130th Avenue Northwest in Kragero Township, Chippewa County.

According to the State Patrol, a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jerve, a Chippewa County Sheriff's deputy, was pulled over on to the shoulder of the highway, conducting a traffic stop. A 2000 GMC Yukon, driven by Mechura, and heading northbound on Highway 59, collided with the rear of the Tahoe. The State Patrol report shows alcohol was involved in regard to Mechura.

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Assisting at the scene were the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office and the Montevideo Ambulance.

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