Charges Filed for Rest Stop Hit-and-Run

Posted at: 06/21/2013 2:36 PM
Updated at: 06/21/2013 11:17 PM

Gregory Scherber now faces two felonies, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run at a Carlton County rest stop.

The criminal complaint says Scherber, who is 55, is charged with criminal vehicular operation and fleeing a peace officer.

Authorities responded Wednesday evening to the Culkin Rest Area off northbound I-35 to a report that a truck had run over a pedestrian.

The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Gregory Blackburn, who had been cleaning the rest area at the time of the crash.

Witnesses told authorities that a blue pick up truck was accelerating rapidly in the parking lot where the victim was, even going over concrete medians, before hitting him.

The State Patrol told us that Scherber lead them on a high speed pursuit for about 25 miles, ending up in Hermantown.

When he was arrested, he was allegedly agitated and yelling obscenities at the troopers. The complaint said he was indicating the Native Mob was after him, and that the FBI had hung up on him earlier in the day when he called to complain he was being followed.

Scherber has some crimes on his criminal record, including a prior DWI, disorderly conduct, theft, terroristic threats, and domestic assault.

His next court appearance is June 26th.