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Driver charged in fatal crash had blood-alcohol content of 0.351

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Driver charged in fatal crash had blood-alcohol content of 0.351
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GLENWOOD, Minn. -- A man charged with drunken driving in an accident that killed the son of a college basketball coach had a blood-alcohol content of 0.351, more than four times the legal limit of 0.08, police records show.

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Dana Allen Schoen, 38, of Starbuck, Minn., made his first court appearance Monday on three criminal vehicular homicide or operation charges for allegedly driving while impaired and causing a motor vehicle crash that killed 5-month-old Drake Bigler Saturday evening in Pope County.

Drake Bigler, the son of Brad and Heather Bigler of Marshall, Minn. Brad Bigler is the men's basketball coach at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Heather Bigler was driving a GMC Acadia that collided head-on with a Dodge pickup driven by Schoen.

According to the criminal complaint against Shoen, a preliminary breath test at the scene of the crash, showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.351.

Heather Bigler, and another passenger, Heather's grandmother, Sharon Schuler, 74, of Granite Falls, Minn., were taken to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

According to state records, Schoen has two previous drunken driving convictions. In both cases, his blood-alcohol content was greater than 0.20.

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