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Forum Communications, Published September 25 2012

Bemidji man charged with felony after crash

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A 44-year-old Bemidji man faces a felony and gross misdemeanor for a Friday night crash.

Michael Douglas Perry appeared Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court on two counts of criminal vehicular operation.

A Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office news release said deputies arrived at the crash scene, about five miles north of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 71, to find Eric Nelson, 48, of Redby, trapped inside a Jeep Wrangler.

Deputies removed Nelson by tearing off the Jeep’s roof and releasing him from his seat belt. Nelson sustained several injuries and was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center to be treated.

The news release said Nelson was returning home from work when his Perry’s vehicle crashed into Nelson’s Jeep. After Perry was treated for injuries, he was booked into the Beltrami County Jail.

A criminal complaint states Perry told a deputy he had drank about five beers before the crash. Another motorist reported the sedan passed him about a half-mile before the crash scene and was traveling in excess of 80 mph.