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Published July 08 2012

Moorhead police seek driver in downtown hit-and-run

MOORHEAD – Police here are trying to find the driver of a car that fled a traffic stop, hitting another vehicle and crashing into a fire hydrant, injuring at least three people.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a Moorhead officer attempted to stop a Nissan car that was going the wrong way in the 200 block of First Avenue North, according to Moorhead police.

The car pulled into the Hjemkomst Center parking lot, but as the officer walked up, the car took off.

The car crossed Fargo and ran a red light at the intersection of First Avenue and Second Street, hitting a car driven by 35-year-old Joey Leiser of Moorhead.

Leiser was not injured.

After the crash, the Nissan then hit a fire hydrant, coming to a stop on the south side of First Avenue in Fargo.

The driver ran from the scene.

Two passengers in the car, 25-year-old Ashley Pederson of West Fargo and Curtis Peltier, 31, of Fargo were taken to a local hospital by ambulance where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are still trying to find out who the driver of the car was.

Moorhead police said in a press release on Sunday that the car was a newer four-door Nissan with no license plates. It is not yet known who owns the car or if it was stolen.