Court news: Callaway woman charged after girl hit by car
According to court records, she performed poorly on field sobriety tests, displayed other signs of impairment, and was arrested.
DETROIT LAKES — Lori Ann Vasecka, 58, of Callaway, has been charged in Becker County District Court with gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, at about 7:39 p.m. on March 31, a White Earth police officer went to Callaway on the report of a child being struck by a vehicle.
The officer saw a small girl being held by her father. She was able to squeeze the officer’s fingers and did not show obvious signs of trauma. The officer documented various abrasions on the girl's ear and back.
The child's mother explained that it was the vehicle next to them that struck the girl.
Vasecka was standing next to that vehicle, and the officer heard her say something to the effect of "I barely tapped her, I slammed on the brakes." She said that she was coming from the store and the kid came into the intersection and she slammed on her brakes. Vasecka estimated that she was traveling approximately 15-20 miles per hour.
In speaking to Vasecka, the officer noted she could not sit still, and was waving her arms around and pacing in place. She performed poorly on field sobriety tests, displayed other signs of impairment, and was arrested.
Her vehicle was searched, and inside a purse on the passenger floor was a black zipper bag containing about one gram of meth. A sample of her blood was sent to the Minnesota BCA for testing and analysis.
On April 4, cash bail for Vasecka was set at $100 or bond at $1,000, with conditions of release, or $5,000 without any conditions.
She posted $700 cash bail and was released. Her next hearing is May 16.