OCHEYEDAN—A driver and his passenger were arrested for operating under the influence a little after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, near Ocheyedan, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
A farmer reported a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 59 near the intersection of 130th Street and that the driver of the vehicle had left the scene after being picked up by another driver, according to court records.
A deputy was able to catch up with the second vehicle, which was traveling south, and initiated a stop.
During the stop, the deputy noticed the driver of the second vehicle, 28-year-old Brandon Michael Miller of Round Lake, MN, appeared impaired.
Miller told the deputy he had three beers and consented to sobriety tests, which he failed.
The deputy also asked Miller’s passenger, 36-year-old Amanda Kay Untiedt of Sibley to sit in his patrol vehicle. As Untiedt left Miller’s vehicle, the deputy noted she had an unsteady gait and inside of the vehicle he observed she had bloodshot/watery eyes and that her pupils were dilated.
Untiedt told the deputy she had a glass and a half of wine earlier in the night before crashing the vehicle that was reported in the ditch, but had not drank since the incident.
Untiedt also consented to sobriety tests and was determined to be under the influence.
As a result of her crash, Untiedt sustained minor injuries and 2013 Ford Explorer sustained approximately $12,000 worth of damage.
Miller and Untiedt were each charged with operating under the influence first offense and transported to the Osceola County Jail in Sibley and held on a $1,000 bond.