Beltrami County Boating Accident
DUI Boating Accident
A 17-foot power boat t-boned a boat carrying eight passengers from New Mexico. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s office said that the driver, John Harstad, 46, of Eden Prairie, is suspected of being drunk at the time.
The collision threw five of the eight passengers into Cass Lake, in northern Minnesota. All five of the people thrown into the lake were wearing life jackets. Two of the five were injured. People nearby pulled the victims out of the water.
The collision happened Sunday, about 8 p.m. The crash threw Harstad to the deck of his boat. According to Chief Deputy Mike Bakke, the boat then spun in circles until he was able to get it back under control. Harstad sustained head and chest injuries and was airlifted to St. Luke’s in Duluth. He is in fair condition.
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