Motorcyclist critical after crash on US-61 at TH-97

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

A motorcyclist from White Bear Lake is in critical condition after injured in a three-vehicle crash in Forest Lake on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Scott D. Erhardt, 54, was heading south on US-61 when his Harley-Davidson cycle was broadsided by a car that had pulled out from TH-97.

The crash was reported at 3:07 p.m. at the south junction of TH-97 and US-61. Erhardt was taken by North Rescue to a hospital and was believed to be in critical condition, according to police. Roads were wet at the time.

Marni C. Patzer, 44, of Hugo, had stopped at the stop sign on TH-97 before pulling out and broadsiding the motorcycle. She was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition. She had no apparent injury, according to the State Patrol accident report.

The impact tossed Erhardt into a second southbound vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Jason P. Tessier, 36, of Forest Lake.

Both Tessier and a passenger, Kyle D. Schutta, 27, of Forest Lake, were not hurt in the crash. Forest Lake police officers assisted at the scene.

Boats Stolen

In Forest Lake crime news this week, two boats have been reported stolen.

On Monday, May 7, a pontoon boat was reported stolen from a parking lot in the 800 block of SW 19th Street.On Sunday, May 6, police received a report of the theft of a 14-foot Alumacraft fishing boat with a 25 horsepower engine from the dock in the 1000 block of SE Bay Drive. The theft is believed to have taken place during the night and was reported to police at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

A third theft involving a boat was also documented with city police on Friday, May 4. Police were told that a 1999 outboard engine was taken from the back of a boat the past few weeks. This theft also came from the 800 block of SE 19th St., police said.

Forest Lake police are also investigating a burglary.

On Tuesday, May 1, a resident in the 7000 block of North Shore Trail N. came home to find his home had been broken into. Electronic items were stolen.