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Wadena woman accused of fleeing scene of car crash, DWI

A Wadena woman was charged with second-degree DWI, traffic accidents -- failure to stop -- injury/death, and open bottle law after a crash near Wadena.

Wadena County sheriff's investigators responded to a call of a hit-and-run accident around 9:25 p.m. on July 30 at the intersection of 150th Street and 151st Avenue. The driver at the scene said she tried to swerve out of the way of a pickup that had stopped in front of her, but the vehicles collided. Shortly thereafter, the other vehicle, a pickup later identified as belonging to Karla Ann Ruter, 45, sped away, court documents said.

Sheriff Mike Carr searched the area and observed fresh tire tracks leaving the roadway and leading into a wooded area. There he found Ruter's damaged vehicle, court records said.

Carr went to the nearby house and asked if Ruter had come in there, and the person at the residence said she had. Ruter explained to investigators she had been drinking because it was her birthday and that while she hadn't caused the accident, she became nervous and left the scene, court records said.

Ruter's breathalyzer result was .21, court records indicated, and she has two previous DWI convictions in 1995 and 2001.

Ruter posted $400 cash bail and was released with conditions.