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Associated Press, Published June 23 2010

DNA tests tell new story after fatal Minnesota crash

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man who told central Minnesota police he was the driver in a drunken crash that killed a teen may have been the passenger instead.

Police found Timothy Rausch and Eugene Rivetts standing outside their battered Hummer last August. Nearby, 19-year-old Ryan DeZurik was dead in his smashed car.

Rausch told officers he'd been driving. His blood-alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit.

But court documents say DNA from the driver's-side air bag matches Rivetts. Rausch's attorney is asking a judge to dismiss vehicular-homicide charges against his client.

The Star Tribune says Rivetts was involved in a previous drunken crash in 1989 in which his passenger initially told police she'd been the one driving.

A message left for Rivetts on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.