Drug crime suspected in head-on crash

Both drivers were injured in a two-vehicle collision May 8 in Benedict. Suspected drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine were found in the possession of one of the drivers.


Drug paraphernalia was discovered at the scene of a head-on collision Saturday, May 8 in Hubbard County.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, a two-vehicle crash was reported at 2:46 p.m. on County Road 38, at the bridge in Benedict.

Responding deputies and medical personnel found two vehicles that had collided head-on and sustained extensive damage. Both drivers were injured and still in their vehicles.

As deputies and Lakeport First Responders began providing medical care to the victims, a Life Flight helicopter was called to the scene.

Investigation revealed that Carol Helland, 68, of Grand Forks, N.D. was traveling north on County 38 in a 2016 Chrysler van when she met another vehicle coming around a curve. Denise Lafine, 58, of Laporte was traveling south on County 38 when she crossed the centerline and collided head-on with Helland’s vehicle, the release states.


Helland was treated at the scene for a minor facial injury. Lafine was airlifted to a Fargo hospital with facial and hip injuries.

A suspected meth pipe and methamphetamine were found at the scene in Lafine’s possession, the release states. Blood was drawn from Lafine and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to be tested for the presence of controlled substances.

The incident remains under investigation.

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