Woman sentenced for driving with blood alcohol nearly four times the legal limitA Cloquet woman was recently sentenced for criminal vehicular operation after a Feb. 3 accident in which she struck another car and injured two occupants of that car.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Cloquet woman was recently sentenced for criminal vehicular operation after a Feb. 3 accident in which she struck another car and injured two occupants of that car.
Kathleen Sue Larson, 55, of Cloquet pleaded guilty in Carlton County Court on Sept. 5 to criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm, and was sentenced to one year local confinement, stayed for two years’ probation. According to Assistant County Attorney Michael Boese, Larson will also have to do community service and will serve 30 days confinement, likely using an electronic monitor.
According to the criminal complaint, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Cloquet police officers responded to the accident adjacent to Highway 33 South off the Frontage Road. When the officers arrived on the scene, they were able to ascertain that Larson was extremely intoxicated and drove her 2006 Chevy Silverado into another vehicle at a high rate of speed. The victims were taken to Community Memorial Hospital via ambulance for the injuries.
A blood sample taken within two hours of the accident put Larson’s blood alcohol concentration at .30, nearly four times the legal limit. Larson had no prior criminal offenses.
Other terms of Larson’s probation include requirements that she attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, she must not enter bars or liquor stores or any establishment selling/serving alcohol, no alcohol-related traffic offenses, no driver license violations, no driving without insurance, no registration violation, DWI clinic, victim impact panel, no alcohol/controlled substance use, no possession of alcohol or drugs, random testing, no contact with victim(s), sign probation agreement, fined $3,000 stayed $2,100 plus fees of $85.
A second gross misdemeanor charge of criminal vehicular operation-alcohol concentration .08 or more within two hours driving was dismissed.