ST.. PAUL — A St. Paul man accused of drunken driving and leaving the scene of three accidents he caused on the same night reportedly returned to his truck after the final collision to grab a pack of beer he left behind, authorities say.
Then Anthony Steven Iverson cracked one of the cans open and started drinking it, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court.
Iverson, 49, faces three counts of criminal vehicular operation that resulted in bodily harm and fleeing the scene of a collision for his alleged conduct, court documents say. He also was charged with two counts of third-degree driving while intoxicated.
All of the counts are gross misdemeanors.
Witnesses reported Iverson's driving as "extremely erratic" as he traveled north down Ayd Mill Road a little after midnight Sept. 23.
He was approaching the St. Clair Avenue Bridge when he struck a Toyota Camry traveling in the same direction, the complaint said.
Iverson initially pulled over drove off without exchanging information with the other driver, authorities say.
Less than five minutes later, he allegedly rammed into a Ford Pickup stopped at a stop light at Ayd Mill Road and Grand Avenue.
In that instance, the truck sustained significant damage and the driver was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital for treatment of a concussion, whiplash and injuries to her shoulder, court documents say.
Iverson reportedly drove off without stopping.
He finally damaged his truck too badly to continue driving it when he hit a telephone pole at the corner of Selby Avenue and Saratoga Street about a minute later, according to court records.
At that point, Iverson climbed out of his vehicle and started walking away before turning back around to grab a pack of beer left in the cab of the truck, authorities say.
Officers who arrested him found him slurring and smelling of alcohol near the scene of the last collision, the complaint said.
His blood alcohol concentration was .20, more than twice the legal driving limit of .08 in Minnesota, court records say.
Iverson's criminal history includes convictions for fourth and fifth degree assault and careless driving.
He also was arrested over the past year for fifth-degree drug possession. That case is pending.
No attorney was listed for Iverson in court records and he could not be reached for comment.
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