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Sentence is 30 days for criminal vehicle operation

Jacob Nils Hansen, 27, Hastings, who was involved and subsequently charged in connection with an Oct. 12, 2010, accident was sentenced this week in Dakota County District Court.

The crash at Highway 61 and 55 left a motorcyclist in serious condition.

Hansen had pleaded guilty to two charges - second degree driving under the influence (gross misdemeanor) and criminal vehicle operation - leaving the scene of an injury accident (felony). A third charge - criminal vehicle operation under the influence of alcohol resulting in substantial bodily harm - was dismissed.

On Tuesday, Jan, 24, Judge Timothy McManus sentenced Hansen to 30 days in the Dakota County Jail. Hansen was also placed on three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $565 in fines and fees to the court.

According to the criminal complaint, Hansen's vehicle had turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the motorcycle driver to be thrown over the handlebars and onto the street. He sustained serious injuries. According to witnesses, Hansen slowed his vehicle, but then left the scene. The following day, officers received an anonymous tip that Hansen had been involved in the accident. They interviewed Hansen at his residence and he was arrested.