Man accused of fleeing scene of accident

By Janice Gregorson

Numerous charges have been filed against a Rochester man accused of fleeing the scene of an accident and hiding in the water of a culvert under U.S. 52 after two people were injured.

A summons has been issued for Terrance Laverne Trelstad, 44, 5618 26th Ave. N.W., to appear in Olmsted District Court June 18.

He is charged with four counts of criminal vehicular operation, all felonies; one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired; and two petty misdemeanor counts.


All the charges stem from an accident that occurred about 9:20 p.m. on July 29, 2006, at the intersection of 55th Street Northwest and U.S. 52 in Rochester. Police were told that one of the drivers had thrown a beer can and fled the scene on foot.

Officers found a pickup truck with extensive front-end damage at the southeast corner of the intersection. A van was also there with damage to the passenger side. It was in the south ditch of 55th Street near a retention pond between the highway and the entrance ramp.

The driver of that vehicle, Roland Frank, was walking up the hill. He told officers that his wife, Sandra, was injured and inside the vehicle. Officers said the door of the vehicle was pushed in and her legs were crushed between the door and the console. The Franks were both taken to Saint Marys Hospital. The criminal complaint states that she suffered multiple fractures, including a complex pelvic fracture.

The complaint states that an officer and his police dog tracked the driver who fled the scene. Trelstad was found lying in the water of a culvert under the highway. He also was taken to Saint Marys Hospital for treatment of injuries. The complaint said a blood sample was taken and showed that he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.13 percent, which is above the legal driving limit of .08 percent.

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