A 39-year-old Paynesville man was arrested on charges of criminal vehicular operation and driving while impaired after a two-vehicle crash east of Paynesville Monday evening.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies responded to a crash at County Road 34 and Highland Drive and found that Brooks Gunderson, the man who was later arrested, was driving his van east on County Road 34 and attempted to make a left turn in front of a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Shawn Klaphake of Belgrade. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash. Sanner says Gunderson left the scene of the crash. A witness identified Gunderson as the driver of the van and deputies found Gunderson at his residence, attempting to conceal the van in his garage. Gunderson fled into his residence where he was apprehended, arrested, and taken to the Stearns County Jail.
The crash happened just before 8:30 Monday evening.