Driver in recent Woodbury DWI crash arrested again
A Mahtomedi man facing felony charges in connection with a crash last month that seriously injured a Woodbury teenager was arrested again for an alcohol violation.
Edward Jaworski, 38, was arrested Monday after an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet he was wearing as a condition of his jail release detected alcohol in his system, Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson said.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered Jaworski to attend a 28-day treatment program at a Hazelden alcohol treatment facility. He was transferred to treatment Thursday, records show.
Prosecutors on Aug. 25 charged Jaworski with two counts of criminal vehicular operation, second-degree drunken driving and driving after cancellation after the Jeep he was driving slammed into the rear of a stopped car in Woodbury.
Police say Jaworski had been drinking before he got into his vehicle and traveled down Valley Creek Road at speeds over 80 mph. His vehicle struck a car stopped at the Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive intersection, seriously injuring a 17-year-old who was in the backseat of the car. That victim, Sean Fitzpatrick of Woodbury, required extensive facial reconstruction surgery and was hospitalized for about three weeks.
After he was charged last month, Jaworski was released from jail on $100,000 bail, with conditions that he not use alcohol or drugs and that he submit to random testing. He violated those conditions last weekend, Johnson said.
Jaworski's attorney argued Wednesday that his client should undergo alcohol treatment. Johnson said he wanted Jaworski returned to jail with bail set at $200,000 and no conditions.
Washington County District Court Judge Susan Miles ordered Jaworski to participate in the Hazelden program.
Johnson said his office is concerned that Jaworski could leave before he completes the treatment. Jaworski signed forms requiring that Washington County be notified when he leaves upon completion of the program, but Hazelden would not be required to notify county officials if Jaworski violated the court order and left treatment early, he said.
"We think he's a danger to public safety," Johnson said Friday. "Hazelden's a great program, but it's not a locked unit."
Court records show that Jaworski has had his driver's license revoked for alcohol-related violations four times, twice in the past decade. Jaworski's license was canceled weeks before the Aug. 22 crash because of another pending drunken-driving case.
Jaworski's latest actions angered Fitzpatrick's family. The teen's parents have kept friends and relatives informed of his recovery through a CaringBridge website. They expressed frustration with Jaworski's arrest.
"Really frustrating," a recent CaringBridge entry read. "He shouldn't have the option of bail. Keep him locked up until his trial and keep the roads safe!"