Drunken driver hits 2 students

A 26-year-old man is charged in an incident in which both victims sustained head injuries.

Meghan Holden

A drunken driver hit two University of Minnesota students near campus on Monday night, according to a complaint filed in the Hennepin County District Court.

Ewan Henry Leask, 26, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of criminal vehicular operation while driving under the influence, the complaint said.

Leask remained in the Hennepin County Jail on Wednesday evening. His bail is set at $75,000.

Leask hit Lanxiao Song and Zifei Guan, both age 20, on University Avenue Southeast near highway I-35W late Monday night, according to the complaint.

After the crash, he allegedly told witnesses, “Please don’t tell anybody what happened,” the court documents said.

Leask told officers he didn’t see the women crossing the street, according to the complaint, and admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol before driving. Leask also allegedly had hash oil in possession, court documents said.

He told police he smokes marijuana daily for his Asperger’s syndrome, the complaint read.

Song, a statistics major, was thrown into the air after being hit by the car, according to the complaint, and Guan, a mathematics major, has a fractured skull.

Song said she and Guan were “feeling better” on Wednesday evening, but she said they hadn’t attended any classes since the incident.