State Patrol Says Driver in Fatal Crash Was Extremely Drunk
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say a North Shore native was extremely drunk when drove the wrong way between Duluth and Two Harbors in a crash that killed him and the other driver.
The State Patrol says 63-year-old Philip Bergerson - a retiree who relocated to Florida from Two Harbors - had a blood alcohol level of 0.41 percent July 11, when he crossed Highway 61 and hit ae car driven by 20-year-old Cole Drechsler, of Cloquet, about 20 miles northeast of Duluth.
Reports say Bergeron was more than five times over the legal limit.
Drechsler was a student at the College of St. Scholastica. A passenger in his car survived.
Bergerson, a former Minnesota Power employee, was living in Bonita Springs, Florida, and had a cabin in northeastern Minnesota.