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Woman sentenced to year in jail for accident that injured Carver mayor
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Jan Marie Labine, 47, was sentenced to a year in prison for a drunk driving crash that injured Carver Mayor Greg Osterdyk and Evelyn Grimm during the 2010 Steamboat Days celebration, according to a Carver County Attorney’s Office news release.

On April 20, Labine pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm, for injuries sustained by Osterdyk.

Labine also pleaded guilty to one gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm, for injuries sustained to Grimm, the release stated.

The accident

At about 4:30 p.m., Sept. 12, at the end of Steamboat Days, Carver’s biggest event of the year, Labine was driving her car up Carver’s Sixth Street West at a high rate of speed.

Osterdyk, then a mayoral candidate, was seated on the driver’s side of a golf cart parked on the side of Sixth Street. Osterdyk and Grimm were talking Glen Henry (also later elected to the Carver council). 

Osterdyk was driving Grimm, a fellow Carver Lions member, back to her car at Community Park after she completed her volunteer shift at the Steamboat Days hotdog stand. Osterdyk had been using the cart throughout the weekend in his duties as Carver Steamboat Days chairperson.

Labine struck the rear of the golf cart, throwing Osterdyk and Grimm from the cart. The golf cart ended up on top of Osterdyk. 

Following the collision, Osterdyk, then 39, was knocked unconscious. He was sent to Hennepin County Medical Center for rib, pelvic, spinal and occipital condyl fractures, as well as back and left arm abrasions. He later spent a month recovering at a Shakopee nursing home. Grimm, then 73, suffered a bump on the back of her head and muscle pain in her left calf, according to the court document.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigation determined Labine’s alcohol concentration was .25.  Labine has a prior conviction for DWI in 2001.


On June 3, consistent with the request of Chief Deputy County Attorney Mike Wentzell, Judge Richard Perkins stayed an 18-month prison sentence and imposed a one year jail term – the maximum jail sentence allowed by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines for this offense.

Perkins further ordered that Labine be placed on probation for five years, perform 200 hours of community work service, attend a Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Impact class on or before Sept. 12 each year, have no use of alcohol or drugs, and submit to random testing. “You made some choices. Some people characterize them as mistakes. That is just balderdash,” Judge Perkins stated while sentencing Labine.

“Drunk driving has reached epidemic levels in our community, state, and nation. Cases like this remind us all that when a person chooses to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence, they are choosing to disregard the risk that their actions will seriously injure or kill innocent people,” commented Carver County Attorney Mark Metz. "Although Ms. Labine did not undertake these actions intending to injure anyone, her conscious disregard of these well-known risks justifies the significant sentence that she received."

From 2007 to 2010, Carver County had 13 deaths and 12 injuries due to alcohol-related traffic crashes.

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