GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (WCCO) – The driver is on the wrong road, person killed another driver in a head-on collision last week had 10 drinks before getting behind the wheel, charging documents said.
Joseph Paul Maness, 20, was charged with vehicle murder and criminal vehicle control, according to documents filed in Hennepin County.
A criminal complaint says police responded to a crash on Interstate 394 near Plymouth Road Friday, uncovering a head-on collision between a Jeep and a Chrysler.
According to the lawsuit, Maness was the driver of the Jeep, and he misdirected into 394. The Chrysler was on the right track.
According to the complaint, Maness showed signs of declining health. When a soldier asked him if he knew he was driving the wrong way, Maness is said to have replied, “Sorry man.”
The complaint states that Maness has a blood alcohol level of 0.207.
Both people on board the Chrysler were hospitalized. The driver – later identified as Alexander Caraveo, 30 – later died, and the passenger suffered a facial fracture and internal bleeding, according to the lawsuit.
WCCO’s Jason DeRusha said he was driving to work Friday when he had to change direction to avoid Maness’s Jeep.
The State Patrol confirmed that someone died in this crash in 394. That red SUV was the one I swapped to avoid – from downtown Minneapolis, to Minnetonka wrong. road lane. https://t.co/NwJ6ILtIo9 pic.twitter.com/gZ8Sa8LhkF
– Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) February 18, 2022
Maness is being held.