Arrest made in connection to December head-on collision

Arrest made in connection to December head-on collision

A Sioux Falls man was arrested Friday on Clay County warrants for charges connected to a head-on collision on Highway 18 in December that resulted in serious injuries.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported Casey Callsen, 28, was picked up at the Hennepin County Jail in Sioux Falls on Clay County charges of serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway, failure to maintain control and having an open container of alcohol.

The accident occurred December 29 in the 2800 block of Highway 18. An accident report from the sheriff’s office stated a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Callsen crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Robert Edgar Larson, 66, of Ruthven.

The report stated both Callsen and Larson were transported to Spencer Hospital and later airlifted to Sioux Falls due to injuries the suffered in the accident.

Documents filed later in court indicated an investigating sheriff’s deputy found a beer can outside the driver-side door at the accident scene.

Rescue crews had to remove Callsen from the car, according to court documents. A first responder from the Dickens Fire Department told the deputy the beer can was in the car when he responded to the accident. The responder said he had removed the can from the car.

At the scene, witnesses told the deputy Callsen told them he was “drunk and had messed up” the documents stated.

Lab tests performed following the accident indicated Callsen’s blood alcohol content was .231 and tested positive for marijuana.

The sheriff’s office report on Friday stated Callsen was held on a $6,500 cash or surety bond.

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