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Charges filed against man for fatal crash last spring

MICHIGAN, N.D. — A man who was behind the wheel during a one-vehicle crash that left one dead has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide after authorities said he was driving under the influence at the time.

Jordan Lee Borland, 28, of Michigan, N.D., appeared in court Tuesday, Nov. 7, for an April crash that killed passenger Kevin Lemma, 23, of Enderlin.

The men were in a 2012 Dodge Ram traveling south on North Dakota Highway 1 early April 13 when Borland failed to negotiate a curve and rolled about 8 miles south of Pekin in Nelson County in northeast North Dakota.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol was initially unsure who was driving the vehicle. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Lemma was pronounced dead at the scene. Borland was hospitalized with injuries.

State troopers believe Borland was under the influence of alcohol during the crash, according to charging documents filed Oct. 17.

If convicted, Borland faces up to 20 years in prison.