WINONA, Minn. – A taxi driver was charged with being high on cocaine when he smashed into a tree and injured his two passengers. The accident was about 9:45 p.m. on April 4 near the Fifth Street Liquor Store on the West Side. One passenger suffered facial cuts that required medical staples. The ither passenger was bruised. Charged was David Paul Thunborg Valentine, 24, of Houston, Minnesota. The charges:
> Four counts of causing bodily harm while driving under the influence.
> Two counts of criminal vehicular operation causing harm while driving negligently.
> Two counts of driving under the influence.
In the criminal complaint, police are quoted that Valentine claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel. Officers were suspicious that he was under the influence, but a breath test showed no alcohol in his system. An officer trained in drug cases was called. A blood test showed a metabolite of cocaine.
Earlier: Driver hits parked car, tree; arrested