Bethel woman pleads guilty to criminal vehicular homicide

A Bethel woman Aug. 15 in Anoka County District Court admitted guilt in a traffic accident in East Bethel last year that killed two people.

Paula Lynn Larson
Paula Lynn Larson

Paula Lynn Larson, 43, pleaded guilty to two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide. She will be sentenced Oct. 10.

According to the criminal complaint, Larson around 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 2012 was heading west on Viking Boulevard near Rendova Street when the SUV she was driving collided with a motorcycle on which John Allen Jordan, 48, of St. Francis, and Big Lake resident Patricia Lyn Kalla, 46, were riding.

Jordan and Kalla were both killed.

Larson had a preliminary breathalyzer test reading of 0.195, telling police that she had been driving her friend’s vehicle and was coming from a bar, according to the complaint.

A subsequent blood test came back with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, which is twice the legal limit.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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