A Dover, Minn., man faces multiple charges following a rear-end collision with a horse and buggy Saturday.
The horse and buggy, driven by a 32-year-old Amish man, was traveling west on Co. Rd. 35 near St. Charles when a white car approached from behind and slammed into the rear of the buggy, sending it into the ditch. The car, which suffered significant front-end damage, according to Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude, continued without stopping, then turned onto Park Road.
A short time later, the car returned and deputies made contact with the driver, John Henry Wegman, 38. Wegman said he knew he had struck something, but didn’t know what. He was arrested and taken into custody with a BAC of 0.11.
The buggy displayed a slow-moving vehicle sign and had battery-operated tail lights, Ganrude said. The buggy, valued at $3,000 was destroyed, the horse, valued at about $4,000 suffered minor injuries, and the driver was slightly injured, but refused medical treatment.
Wegman was charged with gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation, and fourth degree drunken driving.