Matthew Damman wasn't drunk when he drove minivan into Lowertown Bulldog, charges say

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The aftermath of the wreck.
Matthew Damman was struggling with low blood sugar, not drunkenness, when he crashed his 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan into the Lowertown Bulldog following a brief chase with a state trooper, charges filed this afternoon say.

After crashing into the restaurant just after midnight this morning, Damman was found unresponsive and slumped over the passenger seat. He came to before too long, however. Asked why he fled, he responded, "My sugar is fucked up."

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Indeed, medics later determined that Damman's blood sugar levels were "well below normal," the charges say.

Damman told authorities he had one beer at "a burger place" in Hastings. A breath test measured his blood alcohol level at 0.022, well below the legal limit of .08.

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Damman's mugshot

A glass pipe and small amount of marijuana were found in Damman's van. He told officers he lit up about five hours before the chase.

"[Damman] said he was driving the minivan and recalled seeing the emergency lights and hearing the siren," the charges say. "He recalled speeding up and hitting something. Damman said he was aware that his blood sugar was low and he needed to eat some food. He wasn't sure why he didn't stop for Trooper Tiegs' lights."

Though Damman wasn't charged with DWI, he does face a felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and five counts of criminal vehicular operation, one for each of the five Bulldog patrons he injured. Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt.

To read the criminal complaint for yourself, click to page two.


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k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I hope he lawyers up just like the guy recently in Cold Springs.  Journalists need to spend more time checking facts and less time finding top 10 lists. 


Smoking weed 5 hours earlier? I suggest reading some studies. Pot generally (it does vary) will affect a person for around 2 hours. If someone thinks smoking at noon means that person will still be high at dinner time....well that person probably needs to venture out a little bit into the real world. 

Jason A Lee
Jason A Lee

Wow. I read he was drunk..get your facts straight before accusing people . Jackafucks.

Kirk LaSota
Kirk LaSota

Joe DuPont, Tom-Tom Morgan Jr., show this to Justin Rahn since he decided to unfriend me do to his knowledge of how harmless THC marijuana is... I am for medical marijuana, but not these high THC strains. He doesn't get it, people think marijuana is so much more safe than alcohol.

Jonathan Vaughn
Jonathan Vaughn

its probably a good thing the Most Cultivated Crew were not first on the scene. Surely a music video would have ensued.

Jonathan Vaughn
Jonathan Vaughn

I noticed the town and country and realized he must be waking up in it...How awful is it to think that before "oh damn I hope they're alright!!!". I must refer to the jury.

Robb J. McNeill
Robb J. McNeill

I woke up in a Town and Country....Ayyyy!!!!!! Thomas Francisco Jonathan Vaughn Ryan Morey

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

Making jokes at the expense of a diabetic must feel great.

John Steitz
John Steitz

He injected the pots only a few hours before for cripes sake!

John Steitz
John Steitz

See people? This is what happens when you do Marijuana!

Belzer29
Belzer29

By Monday the state will have low blood sugar checkpoints established

Drew Pérez
Drew Pérez

So he was just a bad driver like the rest of Minnesotans.

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