Lindgaard Charged in Fatal Accident

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 5:25 am

James Lindgaard, 23 & Casey Gehrke, 22

Charges were filed Wednesday against the man accused of driving drunk and crashing his vehicle resulting in the death of  Casey Gehrke,22, early Monday morning.

James Lindgaard, 23, is in the Isanti County Jail, with bail set at $250,000.  He is charged with felony criminal negligent homicide.  Lindgaard registered a .15 percent blood alcohol level following the crash.  He is currently on probation, and one of the terms is that he is not to use alcohol.

Lindgaard was arrested on a probation violation after authorities were called to an Isanti home, where he went seeking help. The criminal complaint states that Lindgaard did not notify police of the rollover accident.  Sheriff’s Officials discovered the crash, while transporting Lindgaard to the Isanti County Law Enforcement Center.

At the scene, sheriff’s officials discovered Gehrke deceased and foot prints that indicate someone walked away from the crash.  The vehicle is registered to Lindgaard’s mother.

Funeral services for Gehrke are Friday at 11 a.m. at the Strike Funeral Home Isanti Chapel.

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