Man enters guilty plea in holiday rollover that killed vehicle passenger
Jesse Dahl's last stop before he was involved in a fatal crash in July was at a bar and grill in Becida.
He said he was not driving the car from the bar that eventually veered off the road, hit an approach, rolled and killed a passenger.
Dahl, formerly of Brainerd and Bemidji, said he drank about four ounces of Captain Morgan spiced rum.
Leaving the bar, Dahl said 28-year-old Brooke Rosemore of Floodwood took the wheel of the 1998 Volkswagon Passat.
Dahl said they stopped at a house in the county and he resumed driving. He said he was veering out of the way of a deer on County Road 3 in northern Hubbard County when he lost control of the car trying to avoid hitting a mailbox and struck the approach.
He said even though a preliminary breath test showed his alcohol concentration at twice the legal level, he remembered the accident clearly.
"I was knocked out temporarily" after the crash but "I remember the rest," he testified Monday in Hubbard County District Court.
It was a bit unclear what occurred after the crash, but Dahl testified he walked to a house to use the phone and was eventually transported by an ambulance to the Bemidji hospital after someone called authorities.
Rosemore died at the scene, about 1 a.m., two miles south of County Road 9.
Dahl entered into a plea deal Monday in which he pled guilty to Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Second Degree DWI. Three other charges were dismissed.
Dahl's driving record includes a DWI conviction in 2005 and an Implied Consent violation in 2010, three months before the July 3 crash in Hubbard County.
He will be formally sentenced Oct. 11.
The homicide charge, the most serious felony, is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.