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Redwood Falls woman sentenced for criminal vehicular operation in April 2021 Redwood Falls collision

A Redwood Falls woman, Sharia Lynn Rousseau, age 29, has been sentenced in Redwood County Court for her part in a collision in Redwood Falls last April.

According to court documents, on April 20, 2021, at about 9:31 a.m., the Redwood Falls Police Department was called to a crash at the intersection of West Bridge Street and Lake Drive. Officers found a semi-truck and trailer in the eastbound lane that appeared to have been struck head-on by a passenger car. The report states the driver of the car, Sharia Lynn Rousseau, was yelling and moaning, with constricted pupils.

The driver of the semi told police he had been driving into town when he observed Rousseau’s vehicle traveling toward him in his lane. He came to a nearly complete stop in his lane, and the passenger car collided with his truck nearly head-on at approximately 50 mph. The semi-truck driver was later diagnosed with muscle strain.

Rousseau had a revoked drivers licence, and a sample of Rousseau’s blood later showed the presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

On March 21, Rousseau was sentenced for gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation – bodily harm – any amount schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, for driving while impaired in the third degree to 365 days local confinement, stayed 275 days with credit for 50 days time served, three years supervised probation.

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