New DWI charges filed against man convicted of fatal DWI

Prosecutors filed new DWI charges Wednesday against a Shoreview man who was previously convicted for killing a 16-year-old girl while driving drunk.

Anthony Klecker, 32, allegedly crashed into a stalled car in the middle of I-94 in Minneapolis early Tuesday morning. State Patrol officials say Klecker fled the accident on foot, but was tackled by a state trooper who happened to be in the area. The car's three occupants suffered minor injuries.

A preliminary test showed that Klecker had a blood alcohol content of .146, almost twice the legal limit. According to the criminal complaint, Klecker told police that he had taken Ambien and Celexa before driving. He also told police that he had consumed alcohol "without knowing," and that the alcohol had impaired his ability to drive, the complaint said.

Klecker was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in 2006 for a crash that caused the death of Deanna Casey, 16, of Inver Grove Heights. He was released from prison in January after serving nearly four years.

Klecker now faces two felony charges for driving while impaired, along with three charges of criminal vehicular operation, and one charge of resisting arrest, in connection with Tuesday's crash.

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