Man faces DWI charge after accident
Man faces DWI charge after accident

Second-degree driving while impaired, child endangerment and leaving the scene of a vehicle collision with an unattended vehicle

On March 26 at 5:07 p.m., police received a report of a hit-and-run accident near the intersection of Second Street and LaBree Avenue.

At the time of the accident, Shawn Michael Robinson of Newfolden was driving a 1999 Chrysler Town & Country on Second Street. According to the report, his van then sideswiped a parked Chevy Silverado owned by Sean F. Myhrer of Thief River Falls.

Robinson allegedly left the scene, but someone was able to obtain his license plate number. A short time later, while responding to a separate call, a sheriff’s deputy allegedly observed Robinson’s van swerving on-and-off the shoulder of the highway near the intersection of Highway 32 and 140th Street Northeast. He caught up to the vehicle and watched as Robinson crossed the solid white line and continued driving halfway onto the shoulder and halfway onto the highway for a time.

Robinson, Shawn Michael
Robinson, Shawn Michael

The van was also close to a vehicle in front of it, according to the complaint. In addition, it had been determined that Robinson’s van was allegedly involved in the prior hit-and-run accident.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop. Robinson was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. He has been charged with second-degree DWI, child endangerment, and leaving the scene of a vehicle collision with an unattended vehicle.

The complaint accuses Robinson of being under the influence of an unidentified controlled substance for which a blood sample was taken.

A 2- month-old baby, who wasn’t properly restrained, was inside the vehicle with Robinson at the time of the incident.

A responding police officer noticed a baby “in a car seat in the back seat that was not strapped in properly and [the officer] was able to move the car seat very easily.”

The complaint indicated that Robinson had previously been convicted of third-degree DWI in 2016. In that case, a small child also occupied the vehicle with Robinson.