Wrong-way driver is sentenced in 2010 crash

Evelyn Puffer
Contributing Writer

A North Branch woman who drove the wrong way on Stark Road last May, causing a three-vehicle crash with serious injury to a passenger in one of the other vehicles, was sentenced last week in 10th Judicial District Court in Cambridge to 365 days in jail.

Mandy Jean Williams, 32, was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash and despite attempts by the other oncoming driver to avoid the collision, collided with him. The force of the crash caused Williams’ vehicle to over-turn. It was then struck by a third vehicle.

The only injury requiring transport by ambulance was to a 26-year-old female who had been a front seat passenger in the westbound vehicle involved in the initial collision.

The woman was transported to Cambridge Medical Center where she was found to have multiple scalp lacerations and a broken foot.

Williams was originally charged with three criminal counts and pleaded guilty June 9 to criminal vehicular operation: operating a vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of alcohol, as a gross misdemeanor.

Isanti County Judge James Dehn then sentenced her to 365 days in jail, with 355 stayed for two years, placed her on two years probation and fined her $285.

She is subject to nine conditions of her probation and was ordered to complete 40 hours of community work service within the next two years.