Police: Impaired driver crashes car, escapes fire in Cottage Grove

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A Woodbury man faces criminal charges after his car crashed in a field near the Cottage Grove Service Center Monday and was destroyed by fire.

Police said charges are pending against the 26-year-old man for allegedly driving under the influence. He was driving east on 90th Street Aug. 21 when he crashed into a mailbox in the 9600 block, then left the road, went through a ditch and crashed into the prairie near Keats Avenue, Cottage Grove police Capt. Pete Koerner said.

The car started on fire after stopping about 100 feet into the field.

The driver, who was the only occupant, exited the car before the blaze started. A passerby reported the fire around 7:30 p.m.

Officers contained the fire and performed field sobriety tests on the driver, Koerner said. He did not have alcohol in his system, but was showing signs of impairment. Charges are awaiting lab results on a blood test.

There were no injuries. The car was totalled.