On the early morning of Sunday, Oct. 6, a vehicle left the roadway near Stevens Road, east of Wahkon, rolling several times. Two passengers sustained injuries, one needing to be airlifted with life threatening injuries. The driver, having fled the scene, was later located at home, where a preliminary breathalyser test showed a blood alcohol content of .128.
A report from the Minnesota State Patrol details the accident, indicating a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Shanan Skye Weber, 22, of Isle, was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 27 when it left the road to the left and rolled into the ditch. Weber’s passengers were Derek Scott Elling, 21, of Isle, and Katherine Hannah Habeck, 19, of Wahkon. Conditions were wet, passengers were not wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol was believed to be involved.
According to the criminal complaint, a state trooper was dispatched to the scene of the single vehicle rollover near the intersection of Hwy. 27 and Stevens Road at approximately 1:31 a.m. Upon arrival, Weber had already fled the scene.
The trooper observed that the Silverado had trouble negotiating a curve on Hwy. 27. Tire tracks left the roadway to the left, traveled parallel to the roadway for a distance, slid back onto the road, and then rolled several times. The report notes scattered debris at the scene.
Two witnesses stated the suspected vehicle had passed them at high speeds before it rolled over. The witnesses had been drinking at a local bar with the occupants of the vehicle. They identified the three occupants, and, noting that Weber lived in Isle, provided his likely route home.
Officers searched the area for Weber, including his home, but were unable to locate him.
Elling, appearing to have been thrown from the vehicle, and was located by officers 30 feet into the ditch, lying on his back with head wounds. Habeck was still in the vehicle, telling law enforcement that she hurt “everywhere.” Elling was airlifted from the area; he had skull fractures, and his injuries were deemed life threatening, according to the criminal complaint. Habeck’s injuries were deemed non-life threatening. According to the accident report, she was taken to Onamia hospital, then transferred to St. Cloud.
Law enforcement was eventually informed of Weber arriving home, according to the complaint. He was located at his house wearing wet clothes. Acknowledging his involvement in the crash, Weber stated that he had been driving the car and fled the scene to avoid responsibility. He stated he had walked home along the Soo Line, diving into the swamp to hide whenever cops drove by, according to the complaint. A trooper observed that he had bloodshot, watery eyes, but Weber denied drinking after the crash. Weber performed multiple field sobriety tests, showing several signs of impairment, and submitted a preliminary breath test, showing blood alcohol content of .128. Weber was arrested. A warrant was received for a blood test, and lab results are pending.
Weber has been charged with one felony count of criminal vehicular operation under the influence of alcohol, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm with a blood alcohol concentration over .08, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; one felony count of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm where the driver leaves the scene, carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or $10,000; as well as gross misdemeanor counts of the same charges, which carries 365 days in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.