Passenger walks to hospital from drunken crash

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Man earns fourth OWI
OSCEOLA – A woman who was seeking medical treatment from injuries suffered in a car crash and was able to walk into the emergency room of the Osceola Medical Center at around 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
According to the probable cause report filed by the Osceola Police Department, the woman claimed that she was asleep in a car and on the way home from a Stillwater party, riding in the car without her seat belt when the driver crashed.
She said her friend said they had to leave, but she did not know where the car was or where her friend went. She said an online map got her to the OMC, which she said was about a 20-minute walk, through a construction zone, and gave other details.
An Osceola Police officer believed they knew where she had walked from, and later went to a spot on the north side of the village, where they found a vehicle that was running and had front-end and side damage, with a man at the wheel, later identified as Antonio Salinas, 42, St. Paul, Minnesota. He reportedly smelled of intoxicants and had slurred speech, and he later failed a field sobriety test.
Salinas was placed under arrest and charged with operating while intoxicated, fourth, as he had three previous OWI convictions, going back to 2001, 2006 and 2008, all in Minnesota.

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