WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – A 22-year-old from Darwin is facing five felony charges after a hit-and-run incident southwest of Cokato early June 2, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Dakota Levi Ogaard-Johnson’s charges include second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle), third-degree assault, violent threats/reckless disregard risk, criminal vehicular operation under the influence of alcohol, and criminal vehicular operation/leaving the scene after causing an accident that resulted in substantial bodily harm.
According to the formal complaint, the sheriff’s office responded to the scene of the crime (17765 82nd St. SW, Cokato) at about 12:38 a.m.
A deputy spoke with Gabriel Briseno, who stated he had been struck by a black Chevrolet truck driven by Johnson.
Briseno told the deputy that the incident occurred after Johnson arrived at the residence carrying a beer. Briseno told him to either remain at the residence or get a ride home from someone else to avoid driving drunk.
Johnson allegedly responded by getting back into the truck and attempting to drive away.
Briseno stated that he and others attempted to stop Johnson by taking his keys away, but Johnson eventually drove away.
Briseno said Johnson returned to the residence and drove back and forth in front of it, revving the engine and yelling threats. Briseno said he went to the edge of his driveway when Johnson turned toward him and struck him.
Briseno said he tried to stand up, but was unable to because of his injuries.
Numerous witnesses provided statements consistent with Briseno’s account, according to the formal complaint.
Briseno was transported to Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of his injuries, including a broken leg that required surgery.
The Chevrolet truck was found a short distance from the residence, but Johnson was not immediately found.
Numerous officers, including a K-9 officer, attempted to track Johnson.
A short while later, Johnson returned to the vehicle driving a white Ford truck, and he was arrested.
Johnson told an officer that the Chevrolet was his mother’s vehicle, and the Ford was a work truck he took from Minnesota Shoreline Restorations, where he works. He admitted that he did not have permission to use the Ford on this date.
Johnson admitted to driving the Chevrolet during the incident, being impaired, and leaving the scene. In a field sobriety test, Johnson’s blood alcohol count was measured at .06.
Johnson’s charges carry maximum sentences ranging from three to 10 years, with fines ranging from a maximum of $10,000 to $20,000.