New details emerged regarding a snowmobile accident involving two state senators in Scandia Valley Township on Friday.
New investigative reports from Morrison County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show Sen. John Jasinksi, R-Faribault, cut the back of a DNR officer’s snowmobile, resulting in an accident.
Reports also say Sen. Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, who was following Jasinski, hit his snowmobile and pulled over to him. Jasinski is expected to make a full recovery but suffered three broken ribs, a broken pelvis and a fractured vertebra as a result of the accident.
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DNR Chief of Law Enforcement Rod Smith was leading a cohort of about 75 snowmobilers from Cragun’s down Gull Lake to Castaway Restaurant as part of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association’s 2022 annual VIP rendezvous when he approached an unmarked 90 degree left turn.
Smith slowed to make the turn, then “felt an impact from the rear” of his snowmobile, according to the report. He saw a commotion in the middle of a lot of choppy snow and other snowmobiles behind him stop. Smith pulled over and saw a person “under the snowmobiles”.
Jasinski was conscious and alert but in pain, according to Smith. He was taken from the scene to the hospital.
The DNR and Morrison County said they did not test Johnson or Jasinski for alcohol or drugs because neither showed signs of impaired driving.
“As far as alcohol and drug testing is concerned, standard practice in law enforcement when responding to car accidents is to test for alcohol or drugs if there is an indication of potential tampering,” according to a DNR spokeswoman.
“The deputy did not test any chemicals because there were no indications of use. Standard procedure. We would need indications of use or tampering,” according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. of Morrison County.
Johnson and Jasinski are both in their second terms, as Deputy Majority Leader and Deputy Majority Leader, respectively.