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Forum Communications, Published September 10 2012

Bemidji man gets 8 years for drunken-driving death

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The drunken driver in a fatal crash last Halloween was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison.

Anthony Dwayne Calloway, 46, of Bemidji received consecutive prison sentences of 88 months felony criminal vehicular operation and 366 days for criminal vehicular operation.

The longer sentence, handed down by Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof, was for the death of Dawn Marie Boyd, a passenger in Calloway’s vehicle at the time of the crash.

The other sentence by Benshoof is connected to injuries suffered by Heidi Lee, who was driving a car hit by Calloway in Bemidji shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 31.

Lee, who was eight months pregnant at the time but has since given birth to a healthy boy, spent two nights in a Fargo, N.D., hospital before continuing her recovery at home.

Calloway, driving a 1987 Dodge Caravan, swerved into the wrong lane and struck Lee’s Honda Odyssey head-on. Court records show Calloway was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of .16, twice the legal limit.