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Tatreau pleads innocent to criminal vehicular operation

Kyle Michael Tatreau, 19, of Solway, pleaded innocent Monday, Oct. 11, for serious felony criminal vehicular operation, causing great bodily harm, and will receive a jury trial.

The plea was entered in Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

His next appearance is Jan. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, Beltrami County deputies on June 12 responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Flat Balsam Road Northwest near Blom Road Northwest in Eckles Township. A deputy saw a Ford Explorer on which the passenger side roof was collapsed and the passenger side was dented in.

A severely injured man was lying on the road with multiple fractures to his femur, a fractured pelvis, four broken ribs and a broken collarbone, according to the complaint. He was airlifted to Fargo for emergency treatment that included the surgical insertion of a titanium rod in a leg and was unconscious for three days.

Tatreau said the two men had been drinking in the woods with two women before Tatreau drove himself and the other man along a trail toward Flat Balsam Road, according to the complaint. He said he lost control after a deer ran in front of the vehicle.

Deputies noted that Tatreau's eyes were bloodshot and watery, he smelled of alcohol and he blew .06 in a preliminary breath test, according to the complaint.

Tatreau was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for evaluation of possible injuries, and he supplied a urine sample that also tested at .06, according to the complaint.

His driving privileges were under revocation at the time of the accident.