APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — An Eagan man was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 12, to 60 days in jail and two years of probation for crashing his SUV into a Starbucks after drinking a bottle of Fireball whiskey last year, seriously injuring two people.
Ihar Daniliuk, 45, pleaded guilty in August in Dakota County District Court to two counts of criminal vehicular operation, which were reduced to gross misdemeanors from felonies, according to court documents.
On the evening of Aug. 19, 2019, Daniliuk crashed his SUV into the Starbucks as he was attempting to park the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint against him.
A man and a woman who were sitting at an outdoor table were injured in the crash and were found lying on the floor inside the coffee shop. They were taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. The woman suffered a broken leg and lacerations to her face that required stitches, while the man required surgery for a broken leg, three broken ribs, a fractured spine and internal bleeding.
Daniliuk told police who responded to the crash that he “mixed up the pedals” and pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, the complaint said. When officers noted an odor of alcohol, Daniliuk allegedly told them that he’d consumed “one bottle of Fireball” about two hours earlier.
After Daniliuk failed a field sobriety test, officers administered a breath test, which revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.18 — more than twice the legal limit to drive, the charges said.