On August 16, 2009, Timothy Allen Rausch of Cushing, Minnesota swerved over the centerline of County Road 17, near Ople, Minnesota, and crashed into a car driven by Ryan DeZurik, a recent graduate of St. Cloud Christian School and a current student at Rasmussen College. Mr. DeZurik was pronounced at the scene of the car accident.
A preliminary breath test that police officers took of Mr. Rausch showed that he had a blood alcohol concentration of .346, which is more than four times the legal limit of .08. Mr. Rausch explained to police he was trying to avoid a deer in the road at the time he smashed into Mr. DeZurik’s car.
The Stearns County Attorney’s Office is waiting for the results of blood tests to determine whether to charge Mr. Rausch with Criminal Vehicular Homicide.