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St. Cloud man charged in death of Royalton superintendent; had BAC of .194

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A St. Cloud man is accused of driving drunk when his pickup truck crashed into the car of the Royalton schools superintendent, killing the administrator.

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Dale Allan Matthies, 49, was charged Monday with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of John Franzoia, 62. The criminal complaint alleges Matthies had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.194 percent after Friday's evening's crash. That's more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Judge Thomas Knapp set unconditional bail at $200,000 or $10,000 with conditions including no alcohol consumption and making future court appearances.

The complaint alleges Matthies admitted having six or seven beers in a two- to three-hour span.

Court records show Matthies has a previous conviction for driving under the influence from March 2001, when his blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent, nearly triple the legal limit.

The criminal complaint says Franzoia was slowing to stop at a stoplight when Matthies' pickup read-ended the car at high speed, pushing the back end of the car almost to the back of the driver's seat.

Franzoia died from head trauma on Saturday.

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