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Eide sentenced in car crash

Buck Theodore Eide, 19, of Bemidji, has been sentenced for his role in a July 7, 2006, car crash that seriously injured a Bemidji woman.

Eide pleaded guilty Oct. 23 and was sentenced Nov. 26 for gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm. The charge had been reduced from a serious felony of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for six years, placed on supervised probation and ordered to pay or work off a $50 fine. Restitution was listed at $119.697.51.

He must serve 29 days in jail on work release, comply with the Department of Corrections, remain law-abiding and keep the Department of Corrections apprised of any change in income. If his income increases, he must pay more money toward restitution each month.

Eide is accused of causing the July 7, 2006, motor vehicle accident in which Peggy Hook, 52, of Bemidji, was seriously injured.

According to the criminal complaint, Eide had smoked marijuana about 20 minutes prior to the accident.

Hook was driving east on 15th Street Northwest and had a green light when Eide, driving south on Irvine Avenue Northwest, ran a red light and Hook's motorcycle struck the passenger side of Eide's 1995 Dodge Intrepid.

Officers with the Bemidji Police Department arrived on the scene and found Hook unconscious with a serious injury to the back of her head. She was taken to North Country Regional Hospital and then flown to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

Eide told police he was not paying attention and had reached down to adjust the air-conditioning, the complaint said.

Officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Eide, the complaint said. A sample of his blood was sent to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab, which determined that THC - the psychoactive substance found in marijuana - was in his system, the complaint said.

Hook spent several weeks in the hospital as a result of the crash.