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Osage man charged in alcohol-related crash that critically injured passenger

An Osage man has been charged with six counts in connection with the Aug. 9 crash that critically injured a Park Rapids woman. Mitchell Lee Dirks, 26, is charged in the crash that left Bobbie Gully, 20, critically injured in a Twin Cities rehab h...

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An Osage man has been charged with six counts in connection with the Aug. 9 crash that critically injured a Park Rapids woman.

Mitchell Lee Dirks, 26, is charged in the crash that left Bobbie Gully, 20, critically injured in a Twin Cities rehab hospital.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne said Dirks was drag racing with another man at the time of the crash, which rolled several times. She was a passenger in Dirks’ car. Both were ejected. The pickup crashed at County Road 48 and 200th Avenue in Hubbard County.

The complaint states his blood –alcohol level was .14 percent hours after the crash.

Gulley was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Her Caring Bridge site says she was transferred to a rehab unit recently.

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Dirks appeared in Hubbard County District Court Sept. 9. Judge Paul Rasmussen set bail at $50,000 unconditional and $10,000 with conditions that he must remain law abiding, cannot drink or use drugs and must stay in contact with his probation officer.

Dirks was briefly jailed Sept. 9 and made bail that day, said assistant jail administrator Nick Weaver. His next court appearance was set for Nov. 10.

He is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular operation, each punishable by a maximum of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine; two counts of DWI, each carrying a year in prison and/or a $3,000 fine and reckless driving, which is punishable by a maximum of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine upon conviction.

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