Six charges against man who collided with pedal pub


A 35-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with six counts of criminal vehicular operation for crashing his car into a pedal pub and seriously injuring several of the passengers, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

All of the counts against Mershon Leroy Corbett included the fact that he was under the influence of alcohol. A preliminary breath test at the scene indicated his blood alcohol concentration was at .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08. Police also took a blood sample to test the alcohol level and the toxicology results still are pending, according to the criminal complaint.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, the pedal pub was traveling south on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge with numerous people on board. Witnesses told police they saw Corbett’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo smash into the rear of the pedal pub without ever applying the brake, the criminal complaint states.

The collision pushed the pedal pub into the air and it came down on its side, trapping some people beneath it until Corbett backed his car a few feet away. Among the most seriously injured were a man with broken ribs and a bruised lung, another with a head injury and internal bleeding, a third with a broken clavicle and broken bones in his back and a woman with a head injury, according to the complaint.

Corbett is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)