Man Arrested For Allegedly Crashing SUV Into Starbucks, Injuring 2
A man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and crashing his SUV into a Starbucks on Central Park Commons Drive in Eagan shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday.
Officers with the Eagan Police Department responded to reports of a vehicle driving into the Starbucks just after 9 p.m. Responding officers found two people who had been injured – a 29-year-old West St. Paul man and a 30-year-old Eagan woman. Officers believe these two individuals were sitting on the outdoor patio when the vehicle crashed into the building. Both were hospitalized with serious injuries.
The SUV driver, a 44-year-old Eagan man whose name has not been released at this time, was also hospitalized with minor injuries. He was then arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and remains at the Dakota County Jail awaiting charges.
The names of the two injured individuals have also not been released at this time.
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Financial Compensation For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Minnesota
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has represented many people who have been injured by drunk drivers. Here is Brian with some information on the legal rights available to those who have been hit by drunk drivers in Minnesota:
In Minnesota and several other states, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for two types of lawsuits – a personal injury claim against the driver who injured them and a dram shop claim against an alcohol vendor who negligently sold alcohol to that driver.
Dram shop claims are only available under certain circumstances. According to Minnesota’s dram shop law, someone who has been hit by a drunk driver may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if the vendor illegally sold alcohol to the driver before the crash. In Minnesota, these illegal sales can come under one of two categories:
- Sales to someone who was under 21 years of age, or
- Sales to someone who was “obviously intoxicated” at the time of the sale.
If either of these circumstances applies, the person who has been injured may have grounds for a lawsuit against the vendor who sold or provided that alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in Minnesota, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer.
Starbucks on Central Park Commons Drive in Eagan, MN
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