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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Denver man charged in boat accident that injured girlfriend

  • A Denver man was charged Thursday after allegedly running over his girlfriend with a boat while intoxicated Tuesday afternoon.
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  • A Denver man was charged Thursday after allegedly running over his girlfriend with a boat while intoxicated Tuesday afternoon.
    Lee Pratt Zitzer, 22, was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. The charge stems from Zitzer's operation of a boat Tuesday on Movil Lake, which ended with his girlfriend, whose name, age and condition were not released, falling from the front of the vessel and eventually being struck by the propeller.
    The criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney's Office says Zitzer's girlfriend required surgery to repair a wound that was “approximately 12-inches long and (four to five) inches wide” extending from her “groin area down to her kneecap” on her right thigh.
    Police were called just before 4 p.m. Tuesday to an address in Turtle Lake Township. They found Zitzer's girlfriend with the gash on her thigh and another “propeller wound” on her right shoulder. Several people were applying pressure to the wounds.
    Police found alcohol bottles in the boat and said Zitzer was “speaking with a thick tongue.” Zitzer had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.099, police said. His is next scheduled to appear in court Monday. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both.

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