Little Falls man charged with possession, DWI and hit and run

Thomas John Lashinski Jr., 29, Little Falls, was charged Aug. 14, with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, one gross misdemeanor count of DWI and one misdemeanor count of failing to stop for an accident.

On Aug. 12, a Little Falls police officer learned of a hit and run accident near the Post Office on Broadway Avenue. Witnesses said it was a red Dodge truck.

Later the same morning, the officer learned of a red pickup acting strangely. He observed a red Dodge pickup  with damage to the passenger side consistent with the hit and run accident.

The vehicle was stopped and Lashinski was identified. Allegedly, Lashinski’s eyes were glossy and his motor coordination was slow and deliberate. His words were slurred and his pupils were very constricted and the officer said he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, Lashinski admitted he was involved in the hit and run accident earlier.

Field sobriety tests were performed and Lashinski performed poorly. His breath test came back at 0.00. He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.

While at the jail, Lashinski gave a blood test which was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.

During a search of Lashinski’s vehicle, a baggie was  allegedly found which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, along with other drug paraphernalia.

An examination of Lashinski’s driving record showed he was previously convicted in Stearns County in May 2007 of driving while under the influence.

If convicted, Lashinski faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.