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Bemidji man sentenced to prison after drunken crash kills 1, injures another

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BEMIDJI – The drunken driver in a fatal crash last Halloween was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison.

Anthony Dwayne Calloway, 46, of Bemidji received consecutive prison sentences of 88 months felony criminal vehicular operation and 366 days for criminal vehicular operation.

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The longer sentence, handed down by Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof, was for the death of Dawn Marie Boyd, a passenger in Calloway’s vehicle at the time of the crash.

The other sentence by Benshoof is connected to injuries suffered by Heidi Lee, who was driving a car hit by Calloway on New Bass Road Northeast shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 31.

Court papers state Calloway, driving a 1987 Dodge Caravan, swerved into the wrong lane and struck Lee’s Honda Odyssey head-on.

Boyd died in the crash and an autopsy determined she died of acute head trauma. Lee, who was eight months pregnant at the time but has since given birth to a healthy boy, spent two nights in a Fargo, N.D., hospital before continuing her recovery at home.

According to court papers:

In a test taken about two and a half hours after the crash, Calloway, was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of .16, twice the legal limit.

A third-full bottle of vodka was found in Calloway’s van along with an open can of Hurricane High Gravity Liquor. There also were two unopened cans of beer.

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