Teenagers injured in alcohol-related crash near Park Rapids

Two teenagers were injured in an alcohol related crash near Park Rapids yesterday.

According to the state patrol, 19-year-old Christopher Jewell of Minneapolis was driving a Dodge Caravan just after midnight when he left the roadway on Highway 71, coming to rest in the ditch.

The specific crash location was at County Road 41, north of Park Rapids in Arago Township.

Jewell, according to the report, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at St. Joseph’s.

His passenger, 16-year-old Suzanne Lundreth of Bemidji, was transported to the Fargo Sanford Hospital for what the report describes as non-life threatening injuries.

Jewell is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office,  Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.


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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