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Alexandria man gets prison term for causing fatal I-94 crash

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Alexandria, MN - An Alexandria man was sentenced this week to more than three years in prison for driving drunk in an Interstate 94 crash last year that killed his passenger.

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Judge David Battey sentenced Jacob Dale, 19, on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court to the maximum 41-month term under a plea agreement.

Dale initially was charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide. On May 14, he pleaded guilty to one of the counts, criminal vehicle homicide while operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

The crash happened May 25, 2013, on Interstate 94 about six miles east of Alexandria. Dale and Landon Lien, 18, of Carlos, were heading back to Alexandria after a graduation party in Sauk Centre.

Dale reportedly tried to pass a semi but sideswiped it and rolled into the median. Lien was found lying near the vehicle, unresponsive. Dale suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Dale initially told investigators that Lien was the driver, but authorities determined Dale was behind the wheel. A blood-alcohol test more than 3½ hours after the crash showed Dale’s blood-alcohol concentration at 0.14, well over the legal limit of 0.08.

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