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Prominent Edina personal injury lawyer admits to being drunk when he hit I-35 worker and left scene

Plea deal spares James Carey any jail time, instead calls for probation

A prominent Edina personal injury attorney has admitted to being drunk when he struck a highway construction worker with his SUV in east-central Minnesota and then left the scene before being located roughly 35 miles away.

James Carey agreed Tuesday to plead guilty in Pine County District Court to a gross misdemeanor of criminal vehicular operation while under the influence of alcohol in connection with the incident late in the morning of Oct. 6 along the right shoulder of Interstate 35 near Hinckley.

The plea deal between the prosecution and the defense includes avoiding a 364-day jail term and instead imposing up to four years of probation and a $900 fine. Other terms include he abstain from illicit drugs and alcohol, submit to chemical testing, participate in a drunken-driving victim impact panel and write a letter of apology to the man he struck.


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