One injured in alcohol-related crash

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office reports that driving under the influence may have been a contributing factor in a crash early Saturday morning.

According to the release from Sheriff Cory Aukes, deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hubbard County Road 4 at the intersection at CR 18 around 1:17 a.m. Saturday, June 13.

The investigation determined that 22-year-old Sarah Gamache of Park Rapids was southbound on CR 4 in a 2008 Mazda when she was struck head-on by a northbound 1998 Jeep, driven by 33-year-old Emma Helfrich of Minneapolis.

Helfrich’s Jeep crossed the centerline where it collided with the Mazda.

Gamache was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital by a private vehicle and was treated for her injuries.

Emma Helfrich. Photo courtesy of Hubbard County Jail.

Helfrich had been drinking earlier in the evening, according to the release, and failed a field sobriety test.

She was arrested for DUI and transported to the Hubbard County Jail.


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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