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From staff reports

An Oakland man is facing felony charges for allegedly driving while impaired when his vehicle crashed last month and overturned a dump truck in rural Mower County.

Michael Lynn Marsden, 42, is charged in Mower District Court with four felony counts of first-degree driving while impaired and two lesser charges of driving after cancellation and open alcohol bottle.

After an Oct. 24 court appearance, Marsden is free on a $10,000 bail bond with electronic-alcohol monitoring, court documents show. He was to return to court today.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded about 3:20 p.m. Oct. 22 to a two-vehicle collision along Mower County Road 2 in Lansing Township.

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A dump truck was overturned in the westbound lane. Marsden’s pickup had extensive front-end damage and also was in the roadway.

Troy Pell, 29, the driver of the dump truck, told authorities he was traveling east on Mower County 2 when he saw Marsden’s truck heading west at him in the eastbound lane.

Pell tried to avoid a headon collision by steering into the westbound lane but, as the vehicles passed, Marsden’s vehicle hit the dump truck’s rear wheels, causing it to overturn, the complaint says.

At the scene, Marsden, whose license was canceled, allegedly failed several sobriety tests and had a 0.20 blood-alcohol concentration. A deputy found a beer container spilled inside Marsden’s pickup.

Marsden has a prior felony conviction from June 2005 for first-degree driving while impaired in Olmsted County, according to the complaint.

Felony driving while impaired is for three or more prior impaired-driving convictions within 10 years.

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