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A Lake Crystal man involved in a crash that left a woman dead in New Ulm last week is accused of drunk driving. John Roy DeLeo, 53, was charged in Brown County Court Friday with felony criminal vehicular operation and misdemeanor DWI. Sharon Portner, 82, of New Ulm, was killed in the crash on New Ulm’s south side.

A criminal complaint says Portner’s SUV was northbound on Broadway, attempting to turn left onto 15th South Street when it was t-boned by DeLeo’s BMW. Witnesses told police DeLeo was going about 50 to 60 mph in the 40 mph zone when he hit Portner’s vehicle.

DeLeo has three previous DWI charges dating back to 1990 and 2001 in Blue Earth and Brown counties. District Court Judge Robert Docherty set DeLeo’s bail at $75,000 with no conditions or $10,000 with conditions, which include avoiding alcohol and drug use, random testing, and making all future court appearances.

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