Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Marshall Anthony Knoll, age 60 of Rosemount, was sentenced late yesterday to 36 months in prison by Judge Cynthia McCollum in connection with causing a serious injury crash involving four vehicles in Vermillion Township in October of 2017. Knoll pled guilty on October 25, 2018 to one count of First Degree Driving While Impaired (Prior Felony Conviction). Knoll had 17 prior convictions for Driving While Impaired dating back to 1979 at the time of this incident. Knoll was also ordered to pay restitution.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the initial criminal complaint, which is located online at Criminal Complaint Search. The previous news release is available at County Attorney News Releases.
A summary of the criminal complaint stated that around 7:00 p.m. on October 20, 2017, 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. Two victims sustained substantial injuries as a result of the collision into the vehicle including multiple bone fractures, internal bleeding and cervical spine injuries.
The result of the analysis by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension revealed the presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine in Knoll's blood.
Backstrom commented: “The Defendant in this case had 17 prior DWI convictions dating back to 1979. His failure to stop using chemicals while driving seriously injured two victims in this case. We are pleased to have brought Marshall Knoll to justice for causing this crash while driving impaired once again. We wish the victims well in their continuing recovery."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Cassandra Shepherd, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Sheriff's Office who responded to this crash and the Minnesota State Patrol who conducted the crash investigation.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.