Trent Jeans charged with criminal vehicular homicide under influence of alcohol

A 21-year-old Forest Lake man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide under the influence of alcohol after a fatal crash that occurred on Sunday, Oct. 10. 

A preliminary breath test administered at the scene found Trent Jeans’ blood alcohol content to be 0.213%, more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit. A search warrant for a blood draw was sent to the BCA for further testing.

Forest Lake officers responded at 6:44 p.m. to find a single-vehicle crash at North Shore Trail and 230th Street North. Jeans and two passengers did not sustain any injuries. One passenger, 31-year-old Courtney White, who worked at the Old Log Cabin, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to the criminal complaint, Jeans and the three others were at the Old Log Cabin, drinking and watching football. One passenger, Karl Keller, said Jeans had multiple drinks and shots of alcohol. 

When officers asked Jeans how much he had to drink, Jeans replied, “I didn’t count.” Later, he stated he had roughly seven 16-oz Coors Light bottles, but said he wasn’t sure how many he actually drank. After being read his Miranda rights, Jeans gave a statement, and said that he arrived at the Old Log Cabin at roughly 10:30 a.m. and was there until roughly 4 p.m. He returned at 4:15 p.m., when he drank more alcohol. All four left around 5:30, with Jeans driving, to go to Mallard’s Restaurant for dinner. The four stopped by White's parents house, then proceeded to Mallard's. When officers asked if he was good enough to drive, Jeans acknowledged to the officers he was not.

Keller said he believed Jeans was driving too fast and then lost control.

Jeans made his first court appearance on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and will have first hearing on Nov. 15.

Jeans faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 charge. 

*Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the four had gone to White's parents house where they consumed more alcohol prior to leaving for Mallard's restaurant. That was incorrectly stated in the original criminal complaint and was amended after the article was written, but before it went to press. The Forest Lake Times regrets and apologizes for this error.

Hannah Davis is the Area Editor at the Forest Lake Times. You can contact her at hannah.davis@ecm-inc.com or (763)233-0709

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