Impaired driving may be contributor to Eckles Township crash

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash with multiple injuries last weekend at Highway 2 and Highway 89 in Eckles Township.

According to their preliminary investigation, 21-year-old Brooklyn Janson was driving a 2003 GMC Sonoma eastbound on Highway 2 around 8:25 p.m. Saturday when she crossed the median and struck a westbound 2001 Ford Taurus, driven by 32-year-old Dayton Carlson of Bemidji.

Janson had no passengers in her GMC, but Carlson had four adult passengers in his Taurus: 31-year-old Alice Johnson of Bemidji, 20-year-old Albert Johnson of Bemidji, 33-year-old Guy Johnson of Redby and 74-year-old Oliver Johnson.

All occupants of both vehicles sustained varying levels of injury, and both drivers exhibited signs of impairment. The crash remains under investigation.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Bemidji Police Department, Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Ambulance, Leech Lake Ambulance, Bagley Ambulance, Red Lake Ambulance, North Memorial Air Care and North Country First Responders.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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