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Glyndon man charged in crash that amputated his leg

A Glyndon man who had his left leg amputated in a rollover crash in Clay County has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Steven Frank Buzalsky, 38, faces charges in Clay County District Court of third-degree driving while intoxicated, possessing an open bottle and not wearing a seat belt in connection with the Feb. 24 accident north of Downer.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.2 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Court documents state:

Buzalsky was southbound on Minnesota Highway 9 about 9:24 p.m. when the 2004 Ford pickup he was driving went off the road, hit the ditch and rolled. Buzalsky was ejected from the vehicle.

Witnesses traveling southbound told authorities that the pickup came up behind them at a high rate of speed and passed them.

A witness going northbound saw the vehicle approaching and then disappear. The individual reached the scene of the crash and called 911.

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper found two child-restraint seats in the ditch and an open bottle of Black Velvet whiskey in the snow.

Buzalsky told the trooper he was intoxicated and had been drinking since 4:30 p.m. He said he was not sure why he crashed, saying he had his cruise control set at 55 mph.

Buzalsky has been summoned to appear in court April 30.