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Published July 08 2010

Driver in Highway 10 crash faces felony

A Dilworth man has been accused of being drunk in a collision with a motorcycle on Monday on Highway 10.

Michael Francis Nelson, 55, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with a felony count of criminal vehicular operation and a misdemeanor driving-while-intoxicated charge.

The accident shortly past midnight about 12 miles east of Moorhead injured Payam Naderipour, 24, of Fargo. His injuries weren’t considered to be life-threatening, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Court records allege a preliminary breath test put Nelson’s BAC at 0.098 percent. He told troopers that one of the three motorcyclists who were darting in and out of traffic passed him and then slowed down in front of his car in the right lane.

Naderipour told troopers that before he passed the car, he was hit in the face with a cigarette butt tossed out of Nelson’s vehicle, court records state. His bike became stuck to the bumper when he slowed down and was pinned under the car. The motorcycle was pushed 310 feet from the point of impact, according to court records.

Naderipour was taken to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. A spokeswoman said Wednesday that he is no longer a patient there.