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Forum staff reports, Published May 04 2012

Wrong-way driver who caused head-on crash in north Fargo still at large

FARGO – Police are trying to identify the driver of a pickup truck that nearly struck a parked patrol car at an accident scene before causing a head-on collision while driving the wrong way on University Drive.

Shortly before 2 a.m. today in the 1200 block of 12th Avenue North, officers were investigating a crash involving a car that hit a utility pole when the speeding pickup approached the scene from the east and stopped just short of hitting a squad car, Sgt. Jared Crane said.

The red, full-size pickup backed up and then sped away from the scene, turning right onto University Drive and going north on the southbound one-way.

The pickup collided head-on with a southbound vehicle but kept going north, eventually pulling into the parking lot of the North Dakota State University Alumni Center. The driver got out and fled on foot, and police weren’t able to apprehend him, Crane said.

“We have not identified him yet,” he said. “It’s still under investigation.”

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the head-on crash sustained a cut to the face, but didn’t go to the hospital, Crane said.

The driver of the car that hit the utility pole wasn’t hurt, but was arrested on suspicion of DUI, he said.

Crane said it was fortunate no Fargo or NDSU police were hurt in the ordeal.

“There was certainly a potential for officers to be injured,” he said. “Luckily, they were paying close attention and were able to get through it without getting hurt.”