Lino Lakes man injured in fiery, alcohol-related crash

A Lino Lakes man was treated for multiple injuries after an alcohol-related crash in Hubbard County early this month.

Sheriff Cory Aukes reports that deputies responded to Co. Rd. 3 in Lake Hattie Township and found an injured 51-year-old David John sitting on the roadway.

John was northbound when he lost control of his ’78 Bronco around a curve, crashing into a ditch where it caught on fire.

A witness said John was swerving and driving erratically.

John admitted to drinking at multiple bars, with a breath test indicating a BAC of .138.

The Bemidji Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire that spread in the ditch.

John was treated at a Bemidji hospital.

The BCA is analyzing a blood sample for further testing.


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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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