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Mantorville Man Enters Guilty Plea in Fatal DWI Case

Myles Keller--photo from Olmsted County Sheriff's office
Myles Keller–photo from Olmsted County Sheriff’s office

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – A Mantorville-area man whose car struck and fatally injured a young Byron boy last year has entered a guilty plea to a DWI charge.

70-year-old Myles Keller was charged with reckless driving and two DUI counts after tests indicated he had a blood/alcohol concentration of between .08 and .10 when his car struck 5-year-old Lukas Wharton while the boy was riding in a wagon in front of his family’s home.

Keller has entered an Alford plea, meaning he doesn’t admit guilt but agrees there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction if the case went to trial. He had been scheduled to stand trial next week. A sentencing date has not been scheduled yet.

Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem says although Keller’s blood/alcohol level was above the legal limit, a more serious charge of criminal vehicular homicide was not filed because there was not enough evidence to show his driving conduct was a substantial factor in the deadly incident, as required under state law.  Ostrem says Keller admitted drinking three beers at a nearby bar just before he struck the boy.

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