Miguel Bustillos, Brown County Jail

A Pemberton man is facing criminal charges for a weekend crash in New Ulm that sent two victims to intensive care. A criminal complaint says Miguel Bustillos, 44, was traveling at a high speed on 3rd N and Minnesota streets turning southbound onto Broadway, where he lost control, crossed over the median, and struck an Oldsmobile Alero in the northbound lanes.

Police responded to the crash at about 8:15 p.m., and found the two people in the Alero unconscious. The driver of the Alero was transported by helicopter for multiple pelvic fractures and bleeding on the brain.  The passenger also suffered a brain bleed, and both victims were hospitalized in the ICU surgical unit.

Witnesses told police Bustillos and his passenger fled the vehicle on foot.  Court documents say a witness caught the passenger and brought him back to the scene of the crash.  Police located and apprehended Bustillos after a tip from a citizen.

Police say Bustillos emitted a “strong odor of alcohol,” was unsteady on his feet, and had glossy, bloodshot eyes.  A search of Bustillos’s car produced marijuana, a THC cartridge, and marijuana wax. He was transported for medical evaluation at the New Ulm Medical Center, where he allegedly became agitated and made comments about cyttubg off a deputy’s head with a machete.

Bustillos was charged in Brown County Court with four counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of threats of violence, all felonies, in the Oct 1 crash. He is also facing misdemeanor charges for no proof of insurance, drug possession, and fleeing police on foot.