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Driver in wrong-way head-on crash out on bond

The Minot man charged in connection to a wrong-way head-on collision that severely injured a Bishop Ryan high school student has been released on bond after his initial appearance in North Central District Court on Tuesday.

James Feeley, 18, Minot, has been charged with criminal vehicular injury-felony involving a motor vehicle, a Class C felony, and with infractions for possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Feeley was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 2 in the evening of Jan 31, where he crashed into a 2008 Toyota Yaris driven by Tyanna Weeks, 18, Minot. Responding officers observed the smell of alcohol and marijuana from Feeley’s vehicle, who allegedly admitted to drinking 12 bottles of liquor and smoking dabs of marijuana wax that evening. Feeley and Weeks were both transported to Trinity Hospital for treatment. Weeks is currently still in the hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries.

Feeley appeared before Judge Douglas Mattson, who set his bond at $4,000, post 10%. Feeley was also cited for a noncriminal traffic violation for an open container. Feeley’s next court date is May 9 for a preliminary hearing.

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