Man Charged in ‘Serious’ ATV Crash: Victim’s Ear and Nose Reattached

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 10:03 am

A 29-year-old man from Isanti is in custody following an ATV crash, Sunday morning, that left another man in serious condition.

Luke Edward Rundle of Isanti faces six charges in the accident in Isanti.  Rundle is charged with two counts of  Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation.  Count One is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.  The second count carries a max penalty of three years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.  Count Three charges Rundle with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  The other charges are for fleeing a peace officer, driving with a canceled license,  and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

According to the criminal complaint, Rundle was driving an ATV with four occupants.  When he noticed a squad car, Rundle started driving the vehicle in the opposite direction at 20 mph over the speed limit.  Sheriff’s officials were able to track him down, but when Rundle stopped the ATV, a male passenger fell off the front rack and was hit by the vehicle.

The passenger is identified as Dennis Gilbert, 53.  He was airlifted to the North Memorial Hospital.  Gilbert suffered a broken arm and, according to the criminal complaint, his nose and ear were reattached during surgery.

A field sobriety test taken at the scene indicated Rundle’s alcohol concentration was .16.  He told sheriff’s officials his last drink was an hour before the crash.  Rundle has previous drunk driving offenses dating back to 2001.

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