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Forum Communications, Published August 16 2012

St. Paul man dies after reportedly car-surfing

MEENON, Wis. - A St. Paul man may be the latest victim in the high-thrill practice of car-surfing.

Shawn G. Swanson, 21, was fatally injured Saturday night after he fell while riding outside a vehicle in Burnett County.

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office received a call for medical assistance on Glendenning Road in Oakland Township just after 11:30 p.m. Swanson died the next day.

The driver of the vehicle, another 21-year-old St. Paul man, was arrested for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He was released Monday after posting $500 cash bail. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Burnett County District Attorney’s office hasn’t yet filed a criminal complaint in the case.

The sheriff’s office said the driver and others were car-surfing before Swanson fell. The office is not releasing more information, saying the matter still is under investigation.