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Forum staff reports, Published April 13 2012

Moorhead mom involved in I-94 crash pleads not guilty to DUI

FARGO – A Moorhead woman who had her 10-year-old daughter in the car when she allegedly caused a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to driving under the influence while accompanied by a minor.

Nicole Amee Aasland, 40, entered the plea to the Class A misdemeanor charge in Cass County District Court.

If convicted, Aasland faces a mandatory minimum of 60 days in jail. It would be her third DUI offense within five years.

North Dakota Highway Patrol reports say Aasland was en route from Moorhead to Fargo on March 23 when she rear-ended another car just west of the Red River, pushing that car into the path of a small SUV. No one was injured in the mid-afternoon accident.

In their reports, state troopers wrote that Aasland “looked extremely intoxicated,” was slurring her speech and needed help to avoid falling.

At the Cass County Jail, Aasland consented to a breath test, which showed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05 percent, under the 0.08 legal limit for driving, the patrol report states.

A trooper asked Aasland if she’d taken any medication other than alcohol, and she said no, the report states.