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Hecker pleads guilty to careless driving in SUV crash

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — An attorney says it was texting, not prescription drugs, that caused former Twin Cities auto magnate Denny Hecker to crash his SUV last year.

Hecker pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of driving under the influence.

Hecker had pleaded not guilty to both charges in May. He had crashed his SUV into a utility pole in Plymouth last December.

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Hecker spent two days in the hospital.

His attorney, Marsh Halberg, says Hecker has recovered but would not be available for comment.

Halberg says Hecker was "being careless, focusing on his Blackberry rather than his driving conduct, but he wasn’t under the influence."

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