Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: K-M football coach placed on leave after allegedly driving drunk

After securing the first victory of the season, Kasson-Mantorville’s football coach faces trouble off the field after he allegedly drove drunk in Kasson following the game. 

Broc Raymond Threinen, 42, of Kasson has been charged with two counts of third-degree driving while intoxicated after his arrest during the early morning hours of Sept. 7. Both counts are gross misdemeanors and punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. He also was charged with misdemeanor open bottle.

K-M Superintendent Mark Matuska said Tuesday that Threinen has been placed on administrative leave from his coaching job for the rest of the season. He is also K-M’s activities director and has been placed on leave from that role until Oct. 10. 

Defensive coordinator Joel Swanson has been named interim coach for this week as the district continues to make decisions related to the football team, Matuska said. “With Joel’s prevision varsity coaching experience, we are confident in his and the rest of the coaching staff’s ability to represent the KoMets well at all levels of our program,” he said. 

According to Matuska, the activities director responsibilities will be shared by Trent Langemo, high school principal, and Josh Larsen, middle school principal. “I am extremely confident in their abilities to continue to add value to our many successful programs at K-M during this time frame,” Matuska said.

Kasson Police got behind a vehicle in the 600 block of 16th Street NE around 1:51 a.m. Sept. 7, according to the complaint filed in Dodge County District Court. The officer noted that an SUV was drifting towards the shoulder and nearing the edge of the road. The vehicle corrected back towards its original lane and activated its left turn signal near the 700 block. Shortly before the 10th Avenue NE intersection, the vehicle once again drifted towards the edge of the road and nearly left the roadway. 

Police made contact with the driver who was identified as Threinen. He told the officer he was “going home from a friend’s house in Kasson.” When asked to produce his license and proof of insurance, Threinen began to “look and reach around his vehicle haphazardly,” the complaint said.

The officer detected that Threinen’s speech was slurred and mumbled and his eyes were glossy. Police saw an open Coors Light beer can in the center console cup holder, the complaint noted. When the officer asked Threinen if he had been drinking, he said, “not tonight.” 

Police performed standard field sobriety tests on Threinen. As he exited the vehicle, Threinen swayed and was very unsteady on his feet, the complaint said. After the officer asked him again if he had been drinking, Threinen responded, “a couple beers.” 

Threinen failed the field sobriety tests as well as a preliminary breath test. He was taken into custody and transported to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. At the station, he eventually consented to a breath test showing results of .21, which is nearly three times the legal limit to drive. 

He was taken to the Steele County Detention Center in Owatonna where he was held until Monday for his first court appearance in Dodge County. Jail records show Threinen was released from custody after he posted bail at 1:42 p.m. Monday. 

Dodge Center attorney Timothy Woessner, who serves as deputy city attorney for Kasson, is prosecuting the case. 

Under Threinen, K-M notched its first victory of the season Friday night by defeating Rochester John Marshall 48-14. The football team is now 1-1 on the season.

K-M takes on Austin Friday night. The game is being featured as KAAL-TV’s Game of the Week. 


 

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Dodge County Independent
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121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

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