Mother, daughter injured in Hwy. 65 rollover

A mother and daughter sustained injuries in a roll-over crash when their vehicle was hit by an alleged drunk driver on Saturday, July 16.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, around 3:20 p.m., Matthew James Nelson, 32, of Cambridge, was driving north on Hwy. 65 intending to turn left into the Purple Hawk Golf Course, just north of Cambridge.

Rebecca Lavonne Turnquist, 48, of Braham, was driving south on Hwy. 65 when Nelson turned left directly into the rear driver’s side tire of Turnquist’s vehicle. Also in Turnquist’s vehicle was her daughter.

According to the police report, Turnquist stated she saw Nelson’s vehicle start to turn and tried to move to the shoulder, but was hit, and the car rolled over into the swampy ditch.

When speaking with Rebecca on Tuesday, who is the wife of former Braham Mayor Terry Turnquist, she said she received 21 stitches on her hand, and her daughter sustained some “nicks and cuts,” and was transported from the scene by ambulance as a precaution.

According to the police report, Nelson admitted to having five drinks before driving.

Nelson was charged Tuesday, July 19, in 10th Judicial District Court in Cambridge with gross misdemeanor traffic DWI – operate motor vehicle under influence of alcohol; gross misdemeanor traffic DWI – operate motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more within 2 hours of driving; gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation – operate vehicle with negligence under influence of alcohol; and gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation – alcohol concentration of .08 or more within 2 hours of driving.

He appeared before Judge James Dehn where bail was set at $12,000 without conditions or $2,000 with conditions and his next court appearance for Aug. 17.

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