Driver arrested after 2-vehicle crash

Kevin Jenkauski, 65, of Bemidji has been charged with driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

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A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) after a two-vehicle crash Sept. 9 in Rockwood Township.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, the crash was reported at 5:24 p.m. on North Plantagenet Road.

Responding deputies learned that Thomas Lucas, 58, of Bemidji was traveling north in a 2005 Dodge pickup when he stopped for oncoming traffic, the report states. Lucas was waiting to turn onto Beltrami Line Road when he was rear-ended by a 2006 Ford Focus driven by Kevin Jenkauski, 65, of Bemidji.

Neither driver was injured, the report states.

Deputies and witnesses at the scene smelled an alcoholic beverage on Jenkauski’s breath, the report states. Deputies had Jenkauski perform field sobriety tests, which he failed as well as a preliminary breath test.


Jenkauski was arrested for DUI, and a loaded handgun found in his vehicle was taken as evidence, the report states. After being transported to the county jail, Jenkauski was read two implied consent advisories and was asked to provide a breath sample.

Jenkauski provided the sample, which showed a 0.11 blood alcohol level, the report says. He was charged with DUI and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

The single-vehicle incident on Highway 23 involved a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl.

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