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Charges: Motorist ran over pedestrian during Woodbury road rage incident

A suspected case of road rage led to a 29-year-old motorist running over a pedestrian at a busy Woodbury intersection, according to Washington County prosecutors.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office charged the suspect, Christopher Phillip Gisch, with one count of third-degree assault and two counts of criminal vehicular operation – one of which is augmented by the use of alcohol during the crime. All three charges are felony level.

According to a criminal complaint filed against the Eagan man:

Woodbury police were called at 3:04 p.m. Jan. 5 to Bielenberg Drive and Tamarack Road for a report of three males fighting on the side of the road.

Officers arrived and saw the fight, then witnessed two of the combatants enter a pickup truck and drive away on Tamarack Road.

Witnesses reported the alleged victim, identified in the complaint as C.A.P., and the other men were in a fight that at some point led to C.A.P. being run over. The alleged victim was taken to Woodwinds Health Campus, where it was determined he sustained a broken ankle.

Police then went in search of the suspect’s vehicle, which was located less than a half-hour later at a home on Dell Lane.

Officers spoke with the suspect, identified as Gisch, who “stated it was road rage,” according to the complaint, and allegedly admitted to running over the other man.

While being arrested, police smelled alcohol on Gisch and asked him how much he had to drink.

“Enough,” he replied, according to the complaint.

Gisch was taken to the Woodbury police station, where a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.12, the complaint states.

If convicted of the most serious charge – third-degree assault – Gisch faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Bail in the case was set at $10,000 with conditions or $40,000 without conditions. Court records show Gisch posted bond on Jan. 8.

He returns to court on Feb. 13.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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