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Nevis woman charged in alcohol-related crash that injured three

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A Nevis woman charged with causing a serious alcohol-related car accident Feb. 18 appeared Monday in Hubbard County District Court on five charges related to that crash.

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The criminal complaint states Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, began drinking Blue 100, a high-octane flavored schnapps, at 10 a.m. on the day of the accident, which occurred nearly six hours later.

Her blood alcohol content was .208 percent, the complaint states. She has a prior DWI, on Oct. 31, 2001.

Colburn is charged with pulling out into oncoming traffic on County Road 18 west of Nevis, where her vehicle was struck broadside by a teenager after school.

Colburn's passenger, Tammy Basswood, 36, was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital.

The teenage driver and Colburn were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services, where the teenager was treated and released and Colburn was kept overnight for observation.

Colburn is facing two charges of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Injury, one punishable by a maximum of five years and/or a $10,000 fine and the other carrying a maximum of one year and/or a $3,000 fine; Second Degree DWI, punishable by a maximum of one year and/or a $3,000 fine; Open Bottle, punishable by a maximum of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine and being an uninsured driver, which also carries a maximum penalty of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine upon conviction.

Judge Paul Rasmussen set bail at $4,000 conditional. Colburn must post $400 cash, which she said she was prepared to do.

Colburn must refrain from alcohol use, stay out of bars and liquor stores and submit to random alcohol testing as conditions of her release.

"This accident was extremely serious," said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, It took extensive work by numerous Emergency Medical Technicians to free the women from the vehicle.

"One of the persons injured is my client's best friend," said Little Falls attorney Greg Larson. He said Colburn is assisting Basswood in her recovery.

An omnibus hearing is set for April 12 in the case.

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Pioneer staff reports
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