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Red Lake woman pleads not guilty to criminal vehicular operation

BEMIDJI -- A Red Lake woman plead not guilty in Beltrami County Court on Wednesday to criminal vehicular operation. She is facing criminal charges after she crashed her vehicle causing injuries to a passenger.

Melvina Rose May, 49, rolled her Ford F150 in the early morning June 1 on Highway 89 south of Scribner Road NW. Court documents stated May admitted to having been drinking. A preliminary blood test showed an alcohol concentration of 0.184; the legal limit is 0.08.

A passenger in her vehicle was put on a stretcher and into an ambulance with complaints of back and head injuries, according to the court document.

May is charged with criminal vehicular homicide or operation-bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. She is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 30.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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