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