Last week, a longtime Minnesota lawyer was arrested after striking a jogger. Unfortunately, 35-year-old Scott Spoo died as a result of his injuries. St. Paul Authorities arrived at the scene to find 60-year-old Peter Holmes Berge unsuited to operate a vehicle. The law enforcement officers told reporters the man appeared to be under the influence of one or more substances at the time of the unfortunate event. However, breath tests conducted on the spot only confirmed the lawyers’ claims who insisted he had no prior health conditions, to the best of his knowledge, and repeatedly said he did not consume alcohol or any other sense-altering substance before climbing behind the wheel.
Nevertheless, authorities were not entirely convinced the man was telling the truth and asked him to perform a field sobriety test. The lawyer failed multiple tests. On one occasion, he almost fell. Because of this, police believed the man was under the influence of some mind-altering substance that did not show up on the breath test. However, a friend of Mr. Berge, Mike Salovich, believes the defendant was so shaken up by the incident that his reactions might have misled the law enforcement officers into believing he was a drug abuser.
“I thought he was so shook up that the police officers may have interpreted his behavior wrongly. But apparently they didn’t think about a possible medical issue associated with it”, told Mike Salovich Pioneer Press reporters.
As it turned out, the man had four brain lesions that he, too, was unaware of. Salovich says that nobody was aware of his condition because his symptoms were too subtle for anyone to realize the lawyer’s health was declining. Furthermore, Salovich did say that, looking back, he remembered Peter Holmes Berge encountered some issues while playing guitar, which might have been the first signs of his condition.
Scott Spoo died on the spot on Wednesday afternoon, February 22nd, shortly after he was hit by Peter Berge’s vehicle, around 4:40 p.m. Two days after his arrest, the lawyer was released from Ramsey County Jail after reporting numbness in his left side. It was then when Abbot Northwestern Hospital physicians discovered the lawyer’s tumors after performing an MRI scan. At the moment, police officers are still investigating the accident.
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