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Drunken driver loses control, ends up in pond

A Minnesota man is not only in hot water with the law, the vehicle he was driving literally landed in the water after he drove it off the road, according to a police report.

Ryan N. Yazdi, 27, of Minneapolis, Minn., was arrested Sunday night on multiple charges after a Grand County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene to find a Jeep the suspect reportedly had been driving immersed in four feet of water about 30 feet off the road.

How it got there is where variations on the story arise.

Yazdi told Deputy Timothy Harthun that he was driving toward the YMCA of the Rockies on County Road 53 when he came around a corner and had to swerve to miss a truck on his side of the road, according to the affidavit in support of a warrantless arrest. Yazdi then told Harthun that the vehicle slid down the hill toward a pond and rolled onto its side. After he and a passenger pushed the vehicle back onto its wheels, he did not get back into the vehicle, Yazdi told the deputy.

However, the passenger told the deputy they lost control when rounding the corner and drove off the road, at which point he said Yazdi got out and flipped the vehicle onto its side. After both men righted the Jeep, Yazdi got back in and tried to drive it out of the pond, but it just sunk deeper into the mud, the passenger told Harthun.

While Harthun was transporting Yazdi to Granby Medical Center later, Yazdi told him he is a champion boxer and that if he wasn’t in handcuffs, he would “kick my ***,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says results of a preliminary breath test indicate Yazdi had a blood alcohol content of 0.286 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving under the influence.

Yazdi was booked into the Grand County Jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving a vehicle without a valid license, careless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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