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Forum staff reports, Published December 14 2011

Authorities locate driver sought in Richland crash

ABERCROMBIE, N.D. – The 33-year-old Dwight man sought by authorities for fleeing the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday night was arrested Wednesday morning by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

Darin Gilsdorf was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup on County Road 81 about five miles south of Abercromie about 7 p.m. Tuesday when the pickup went into the ditch, hit a driveway embankment and vaulted into the air, according to the sheriff’s office. The pickup rolled and came to rest on its wheels.

Gilsdorf helped his 61-year-old father, Philip Gilsdorf, out of the vehicle with help from people who had stopped to assist.

Witnesses told authorities that when Darin Gilsdorf saw fire and rescue crews coming, he took off on foot heading west.

Authorities searched for four hours Tuesday night, but couldn’t find him.

On a return check to the Gilsdorf residence Wednesday morning about 11, deputies saw Darin Gilsdorf enter the home. When they attempted to apprehend him, a firearm was accidentally discharged, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

No one was injured in the incident, and it is being investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Gilsdorf was taken to St. Francis Medical Center due to a head injury from the accident, and is being held in the Richland County Jail pending formal charges, the release said.