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Suspect in deadly wrong-way crash near Hudson says drinking and driving was for ‘freedom’

After allegedly contributing to a four-car collision on October 30 that resulted in one man dying, a lady from Alexandria, Minnesota, is being detained on a $100,000 cash bond.

Amber Lea Pospisil, 31, has been charged in St. Croix County with two charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety as well as homicide by drunken operation of a vehicle while having a prior intoxicant-related conviction or revocation.

The maximum punishment for the first offense is up to 40 years in jail and a $100,000 fine, while the maximum punishment for the second and third crimes is up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

The accusations originate from a collision where Pospisil is said to have been intoxicated when she drove her car in the wrong direction on I-94 in St. Croix County close to Hudson, according to the criminal complaint.

A 54-year-old musician from Robbinsdale named Mark Filbrandt perished in the collision.

According to the lawsuit, neither Pospisil nor the passengers of the other cars had any outward signs of injury at the time of the collision.

The complaint states that when Filbrandt’s vehicle was struck head-on by Pospisil’s, he was declared dead at the spot.

The complaint states that when an officer arrived on the scene, Pospisil exhibited slurred speech, was unsteady on her feet, and had an empty vodka bottle on the floor of her car.

The criminal complaint states that Pospisil acknowledged to drinking following a wedding, and testing found her blood alcohol level to be 0.218, more than twice Wisconsin’s legal limit of.08.

According to the complaint, Pospisil told police during an interview that she has been going to meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and that the day in question she was drinking and driving was for “liberation” as opposed to a relapse.

The accusation states that she also admitted to drinking alcohol and that she had no recollection of going the wrong way on an interstate.

According to Pospisil, the moment after the collision, EMTs pulled her from the car and the police gave her her Miranda rights, according to the complaint.

According to the lawsuit, she was also “shocked” to learn that Filbrandt had perished in the collision.

Pospisil has been involved in accidents involving drunk driving before. She reportedly rear-ended a car at a stop sign in Brandon on January 13 and was found guilty of a third-degree DWI in Douglas County District Court last year, according to court records.

Both a charge of illegal vehicular operation and a second third-degree DWI were dropped.

In the Brandon collision, Pospisil’s blood alcohol level was 0.298, according to court records.

On November 28, Pospisil will appear in court in St. Croix County. She’s being held at the St. Croix County Jail right now.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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