Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Marshall Anthony Knoll, age 59 of Rosemount, has been charged* by warrant on March 29, 2018, with one count each of Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Great Bodily Harm, Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm, First Degree Driving While Impaired, and Driving After Cancelled Inimical to Public Safety in connection with causing a serious injury crash involving four vehicles in Vermillion Township in October of 2017. Knoll has 17 prior convictions for DWI dating back to 1979. Following the issuance of the charges, a warrant for Knoll’s arrest was issued and he was not arrested until July 18, 2018.
A summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint filed today is set forth below:
On October 20, 2017, at approximately 7:00 p.m. law enforcement responded to a four vehicle crash that occurred in Vermillion Township near the intersection of Highway 52 and 210 Street East. Witnesses noted a truck in the northbound lanes on Highway 52 that was traveling erratically and at a high rate of speed. Traffic came to a complete stop on Highway 52. The driver of the truck, later identified as Marshall Knoll, failed to stop and rear-ended a vehicle driving at approximately 50 miles per hour.
At least one victim sustained substantial injuries as a result of the collision into the vehicle including multiple bone fractures and internal bleeding.
Officers at the scene observed that Knoll had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, lethargic movements and was unsteady on his feet. After the Knoll completed the standardized field sobriety tests, the officer subsequently received a search warrant for a blood sample. The result of the analysis by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension revealed the presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine in Knoll’s blood.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: "Driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol poses a significant risk to public safety and too often results in serious injuries or death."
Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office who responded to this crash and the Minnesota State Patrol who conducted the crash investigation.
Bail was set in the amount of $250,000 without conditions ($150,000 with conditions) by Judge Tanya O’Brien. His next court appearance was set for October 25th at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.