A Rochester man involved in a Goodhue County fatality on Highway 52 faces charges of vehicular homicide.
Jesse Jerold Juaire, 27, also is charged with driving while impaired in the fourth-degree and driving after license cancellation. If convicted of felony vehicular homicide, he faces 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.
According to a criminal complaint:
Minnesota State Patrol responded to a vehicle accident at Highway 52 and 165th Avenue 4:47 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18. A 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was seen rolled over at the location.
The trooper noted a female passenger had been ejected. Medics pronounced Cassandra Lynn Sis, 32, dead at the scene.
Neither Juaire nor a male passenger, Meless Lamar Bruton, suffered injuries.
However, authorities say, the two men concocted a scheme to place a fictitious fourth individual in the driver's seat.
After deputies and a Minnesota State trooper assessed the scene, the 27-year-old admitted to being the driver. He also owns the car.
Juaire was taken to the Zumbrota Police Department on suspicion of stimulant use after the trooper noticed the suspect was having a difficult time standing still. Juaire's heart rate was reported at 120 beats per minute, above the average range of 60-90.
While speaking to an officer, Juaire stated he had used methamphetamine the evening before the crash.
Juaire was transferred to the Goodhue County jail. Bail is set at $100,000.
He appeared Tuesday in Goodhue County District Court. His next hearing is 1 p.m. Oct. 26.