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Duluth man accused of striking motorcyclist while driving drunk

Craig Kendell Camp

A Duluth man whose license was cancelled after multiple drunken driving convictions is accused of fleeing the scene of a crash and driving under the influence after striking and injuring a motorcyclist.

Craig Kendell Camp, 54, faces five charges in the Sunday night crash along Grand Avenue in West Duluth.

Authorities said Camp admitted to drinking before striking the motorcyclist while pulling out of a parking lot. The victim, 18-year-old Blayne Bruckelmyer, was treated at a Duluth hospital for a broken leg.

According to a criminal complaint, the Duluth Police Department was called to the area of Grand Avenue and 66th Avenue West just before 8:30 p.m. Witnesses reported a white Pontiac was leaving Kwik Trip, 6516 Grand Ave., and struck the motorcyclist before leaving the scene.

Bystanders assisted officers in finding the vehicle, which was parked at Redruth Street and 69th Avenue West, and Camp was quickly located nearby, according to the complaint. Witnesses had reported that he turned on Redruth and then got out of the vehicle and attempted to leave on foot.

Officers said Camp's eyes were bloodshot and watery and that his speech was slurred. He also failed several field sobriety tests before admitting he had been drinking alcohol, according to the charges. Results of a blood draw were still pending.

The complaint said Camp's license was canceled as inimical to public safety. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated in April in St. Louis County and has an operating while intoxicated conviction from Douglas County in February 2017.

A search of court records also indicates that he has two other gross misdemeanor convictions since 2016 for driving after cancellation.

Camp was arraigned Wednesday on two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation, gross misdemeanor charges of third-degree driving while impaired and driving after cancellation, and a petty misdemeanor count of failure to yield.

Senior Judge Terrence Conkel set bail at $10,000. Camp is due back in court Sept. 25.