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Red Lake woman charged in accident that injured passenger

BEMIDJI - A Red Lake woman faces criminal charges after she crashed her vehicle Sunday, causing injuries to a passenger.

Melvina Rose May, 49, rolled her Ford F-150 on Highway 89 at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday, according to court documents. The Minnesota State Patrol and Beltrami County sheriff's deputies responded to the crash south of Scribner Road NW, where May was found sitting in her vehicle, which was in a ditch.

The criminal complaint says May admitted to having been drinking and had no noticeable injuries. Her passenger, Jan Lussier, whose age was not provided, was put into an ambulance with complaints of back and head injuries, according to the complaint.

A preliminary blood test showed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.184; the legal threshold for drunken driving is 0.08. May was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. She refused to answer any of law enforcement's questions, authorities said.

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.

May was scheduled for her first court appearance Tuesday.

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