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Published May 03, 2011, 12:09 AM

GF Woman Sentenced to Prison for DUI Crash That Resulted in Man's Leg Amputation

Karen Vatnsdal, 52, was sentenced to three years in prison for a DUI crash that injured a man, whose leg had to later be amputated.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

A Grand Forks woman involved in a DUI crash that injured a man and resulted in his leg amputation has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Karen Vatnsdal, 52, was sentenced to three years for aggravated assault and one for DUI. The sentences will be served concurrently. Judge Joel Medd sentenced her to 10 years for the assault charge, but suspended seven of them.

Vatnsdal is also sentenced to five years of supervised probation and has to get a chemical dependency evaluation.

Vatnsdal had plead guilty to both counts. She'll get credit for three days of time served.

Vatnsdal was driving on Demers Avenue in October last year when she struck Michael Hart as he was picking up a high-chair that had fallen from the back of his truck. Hart was pinned between the vehicles and later had to have his leg amputated.

Authorities said her blood-alcohol level was .22 percent on the night of the crash.

Hart earlier said he planned to sue for damages, but had forgiven Vatnsdal.

"Why am I going to hold a grudge when there is nothing they can do to bring my leg back? What is done is done and I just have to accept that. I have a son to raise and a life to live," Hart said in October.

Justin Teague, a passenger in Vatnsdal's car, was sentenced last month to 1 ½ years in prison for striking Hart after the crash, fighting with a person who stopped to help and threatening to kill a police officer.

Aggravated assault is a class C felony.