The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 27, 2014

Not guilty plea entered in fatal boat crash on St. Croix

Puhalla says electronics were driving the boat at the time.


The Mankato Free Press

---- — ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges resulting from a boating crash that killed a Wisconsin man.

Prosecutors say Patrick Puhalla was driving a boat while intoxicated last June on the St. Croix River when he crashed into the shoreline, killing 40-year-old David Riley of New Richmond. Puhalla, Riley and another man were returning to a marine in Afton, when they crashed.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the 47-year-old Puhalla has pleaded not guilty to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and four other charges. Puhalla says electronics were driving the boat at the time.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com