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03-CR-18-263 Filed in Seventh Judicial District Court

2/9/2018 02:41:21 PM
Becker County, MN

State of Minnesota District Court
County of Becker 7th Judicial District
Prosecutor File No. 18CR00142
Court File No. 03-CR-18-263

State of Minnesota, COMPLAINT
Plaintiff, Order of Detention
vs.
BRUCE ALLEN BASSWOOD    DOB: 03/19/1970
PO Box 4
Ponsford, MN 56575
Defendant.

The Complainant submits this complaint to the Court and states that there is probable cause to believe
Defendant committed the following offense(s):
COUNT I
Charge: Criminal Vehicular Homicide - Operate Motor Vehicle with Alcohol Concentration .08 or
Mor
Minnesota Statute: 609.2112.1(a)(3), with reference to:  609.2112.1(b)
Maximum Sentence: 10 years and/or $20,000
Offense Level: Felony
Offense Date (on or about): 02/08/2018
Control #(ICR#): 18000202
Charge Description: On 2/8/2018, in the County of Becker, State of Minnesota, Defendant caused the
death of a human being not constituting murder or manslaughter as a result of operating a motor vehicle
while having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more
COUNT II
Charge: Criminal Vehicular Homicide - Driver Who Causes Collision Leaves Scene
Minnesota Statute: 609.2112.1(a)(7), with reference to:  609.2112.1(b)
Maximum Sentence: 10 years and/or $20,000
Offense Level: Felony
Offense Date (on or about): 02/08/2018
Control #(ICR#): 18000202
Charge Description: On 2/8/2018 in the County of Becker, State of Minnesota, Defendant caused the
death of a human being not constituting murder or manslaughter as a result of operating a motor vehicle
and caused the collision and left the scene of the collision in violation of section 169.09, subdivision 1 or
6.

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03-CR-18-263 Filed in Seventh Judicial District Court
STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE 2/9/2018 02:41:21 PM
Becker County, MN

 
Complainant is a duly acting and appointed peace officer and as such is familiar with the following facts:

On February 8, 2018, at approximately 7:29 p.m. Becker County Dispatch received a call of a hit and run
motor vehicle crash on Pow Wow Highway in Becker County, Minnesota. Upon arrival, Deputy Adam
Kumpula observed a male lying on the south shoulder of the road and two females attempting CPR.
Carsonville Rescue and North Memorial Ambulance arrived and attempted life-saving measures, but the
male was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Kumpula observed numerous vehicle parts including a side mirror on the road. Based upon the
location of the vehicle parts, it was determined that the vehicle was traveling eastbound when it struck the
male.

A witness was interviewed who stated that he had observed a white colored Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand
Am leave a residence and begin traveling eastbound on Pow Wow Highway shortly before the crash was
reported. Deputies went to that residence and located a white Grand Prix in the driveway that was missing
the passenger side mirror and had significant damage to the hood and windshield, consistent with being
involved in the crash.

Investigators spoke to the homeowner, who stated that the vehicle had arrived back at his residence shortly
before law enforcement arrived and that it had been driven by BRUCE ALLEN BASSWOOD, dob
03/19/1970. Two other passengers from the vehicle were also interviewed and admitted that BASSWOOD
was driving the Grand Prix on Pow Wow Highway when he hit someone that was walking. BASSWOOD
did not stop, but drove around for a while and then returned back to the residence.

Investigator Sweere observed BASSWOOD at the residence. He smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot,
watery eyes. BASSWOOD also admitted to using methamphetamine a few days prior. The keys to the
Pontiac Grand Prix were located on a table next to BASSWOOD.

BASSWOOD was arrested and brought to the Becker County Law Enforcement Center. BASSWOOD
submitted to a PBT at approximately 10:48 p.m., which showed an alcohol concentration of .10. A search
warrant was obtained and a blood sample was also taken from BASSWOOD, which was sent to the BCA
for testing.

A records check revealed that BASSWOOD has a prior driving under the influence conviction in June 2016
(44-CR-16-255). 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 609.49., intentional failure to appear for duly scheduled
court appearances may result in additional criminal charges, and in addition to any arrest warrant that may
otherwise be issued by the Court.

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03-CR-18-263 Filed in Seventh Judicial District Court
SIGNATURES AND APPROVALS 2/9/2018 02:41:21 PM
Becker County, MN

Complainant requests that Defendant, subject to bail or conditions of release, be:
(1) arrested or that other lawful steps be taken to obtain Defendant's appearance in court; or
(2) detained, if already in custody, pending further proceedings; and that said Defendant otherwise
be dealt with according to law.
Complainant declares under penalty of perjury that everything stated in this document is true and
correct. Minn. Stat. § 358.116; Minn. R. Crim. P. 2.01, subds. 1, 2.

Complainant Mark Pinoniemi Electronically Signed:


Deputy 02/09/2018 02:10 PM
925 Lake Ave becker County,  Minnesota
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502-0702
Badge: 6124

Being authorized to prosecute the offenses charged, I approve this complaint.

Prosecuting Attorney Kevin M Miller Electronically Signed:


Assistant Becker County 02/09/2018 02:02 PM
Attorney
913 Lake Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 847-6590

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03-CR-18-263 Filed in Seventh Judicial District Court
FINDING OF PROBABLE CAUSE 2/9/2018 02:41:21 PM
Becker County, MN
From the above sworn facts, and any supporting affidavits or supplemental sworn testimony, I, the Issuing Officer, have
determined that probable cause exists to support, subject to bail or conditions of release where applicable, Defendant’s arrest
or other lawful steps be taken to obtain Defendant’s appearance in court, or Defendant’s detention, if already in custody,
pending further proceedings. Defendant is therefore charged with the above-stated offense(s).

SUMMONS
THEREFORE YOU, THE DEFENDANT, ARE SUMMONED to appear on ________ ___, _____ at _____ AM/PM
before the above-named court at 913 Lake Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 to answer this complaint.

IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR in response to this SUMMONS, a WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST shall be issued.

WARRANT
To the Sheriff of the above-named county; or other person authorized to execute this warrant: I order, in the name of the State
of Minnesota, that the Defendant be apprehended and arrested without delay and brought promptly before the court (if in
session), and if not, before a Judge or Judicial Officer of such court without unnecessary delay, and in any event not later than
36 hours after the arrest or as soon as such Judge or Judicial Officer is available to be dealt with according to law.

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X ORDER OF DETENTION
Since the Defendant is already in custody, I order, subject to bail or conditions of release, that the Defendant continue to be
detained pending further proceedings.

Bail:  $
Conditions of Release:  

This complaint, duly subscribed and sworn to or signed under penalty of perjury, is issued by the undersigned Judicial Officer
as of the following date: February 9, 2018.

Judicial Officer Gretchen D. Thilmony Electronically Signed: 02/09/2018 02:21 PM


 

Sworn testimony has been given before the Judicial Officer by the following witnesses:
 

COUNTY OF BECKER
STATE OF MINNESOTA

State of Minnesota
Plaintiff LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER RETURN OF SERVICE
I hereby Certify and Return that I have served a copy of this Order of
vs. Detention upon the Defendant herein named.
Signature of Authorized Service Agent:
Bruce Allen Basswood
Defendant

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03-CR-18-263 Filed in Seventh Judicial District Court
DEFENDANT FACT SHEET 2/9/2018 02:41:21 PM
Becker County, MN

Name: Bruce Allen Basswood
DOB: 03/19/1970
Address: PO Box 4
Ponsford, MN 56575

Alias Names/DOB:
SID: MN91014880
Height:
Weight:
Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Gender: MALE
Race:
Fingerprints Required per Statute: Yes
Fingerprint match to Criminal History Record: Yes
Driver's License #: B230098051207   (MN)
Alcohol Concentration:

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03-CR-18-263 Filed in Seventh Judicial District Court
STATUTE AND OFFENSE GRID 2/9/2018 02:41:21 PM
Becker County, MN

Cnt Statute Offense Statute Nbrs and Descriptions Offense MOC GOC Controlling Case


Nbr Type Date(s) Level Agencies Numbers

1 Charge 2/8/2018 609.2112.1(a)(3) Felony J1X11 N MN0030000 18000202


Criminal Vehicular Homicide - Operate
Motor Vehicle with Alcohol
Concentration .08 or Mor
  Penalty 2/8/2018 609.2112.1(b) Felony J1X11 N MN0030000 18000202
Criminal Vehicular Homicide -
Increased penalty w/in 10 years of a
qualified prior driving offense

2 Charge 2/8/2018 609.2112.1(a)(7) Felony J1311 N MN0030000 18000202


Criminal Vehicular Homicide - Driver
Who Causes Collision Leaves Scene
  Penalty 2/8/2018 609.2112.1(b) Felony J1311 N MN0030000 18000202
Criminal Vehicular Homicide -
Increased penalty w/in 10 years of a
qualified prior driving offense