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Driver pleads guilty in fatal crash

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BEMIDJI - The man accused of causing a drunken driving crash that killed one woman and badly injured another last Halloween has pleaded guilty to two felony charges.

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Anthony Dwayne Calloway, 46, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation. His plea was entered before Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10.

Calloway was driving a 1987 Dodge Caravan on New Bass Road Northeast shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 31 when he swerved into the wrong lane and stuck a Honda Odyssey head-on.

A passenger in Calloway's minivan, 47-year-old Dawn Marie Boyd, died in the crash. An autopsy determined that she died of acute head trauma.

The driver of the Odyssey, Heidi Lee of Bemidji, suffered serious injuries. Lee, who was eight months pregnant but has since given birth to a healthy son, spent two nights in a Fargo, N.D., hospital before leaving to continue her recovery at home. Lee's then-2-year-old son also was in the vehicle but walked away without a scratch.

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 bottle of Taaka Vodka, about one-third full, was found in the vehicle along with an open can of Hurricane High Gravity Liquor. There also were two unopened cans of Bud Lite.

Calloway, who is not currently in Beltrami County Jail, faces a maximum penalty of 13 years in prison and a $13,000 fine.

Calloway, whose license was valid at the time of the crash, does not have any prior drunken driving offenses. He was convicted in 2007 of loitering with an open bottle and has previous convictions for burglary and theft.

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