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Nevis woman enters guilty plea in winter drunken driving crash

Emergency personnel work to remove Angela Basswood from the driver's seat of a car that ran a stop sign Feb. 18, colliding with a high school student's minivan. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A Nevis woman entered into a plea deal Wednesday in a February accident that severely injured her best friend while the women were drinking. She faces a minimum of 90 days in jail under the plea agreement.

Angela Michelle Colburn, 27, entered a guilty plea to a revised charged of Criminal Vehicular Operation causing "substantial bodily injury" to her passenger Tammy Basswood instead of the original count that alleged she caused "great bodily harm."

Basswood, 36, was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital following the crash. She had refused to sign consent forms to provide the prosecution her medical records and did not file a claim of reimbursement for her injuries that will be considered at sentencing.

Colburn also pled guilty to Second Degree DWI. She admitted she and Basswood had been drinking prior to the accident when Colburn ran a stop sign at County Road 18 and collided with a Nevis teenager on her way home from high school.

The teen received minor injuries.

Colburn's blood-alcohol level at the hospital measured .27 percent. The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. Feb. 18.

She must undergo a pre-sentence investigation and will be sentenced June 21. If the judge accepts the plea deal as it stands, Colburn will serve 90 days in jail starting in September 2010 and likely be on three years of supervised probation.

She also pled guilty to driving without insurance.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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