Forum staff reports, Published October 16 2012
Man arrested for DUI after pickup gets stuck on railroad tracks in FargoFARGO – A 34-year-old Fargo man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after allegedly getting his pickup truck stuck on the railroad tracks in north Fargo, forcing officials to shut down the tracks and delaying train traffic, police said.
Officers were called at 12:10 a.m. to the tracks near Great Northern Drive and 16th Street North.
After getting stuck, the driver initially spoke with a railroad employee on site but then fled the scene on foot, leaving the pickup on the tracks, Sgt. Jared Crane said.
An officer later stopped a suspicious vehicle driving around in the area and found the pickup’s driver in the passenger seat, Crane said.
Jon Paul Jacobson was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The pickup, which was registered to him, was impounded, Crane said.
It took two tow trucks to remove the truck from the tracks, and the incident delayed train traffic by about two hours, Crane said.
“We were able to get the trains to stop before they came into the city,” which is the first thing police do when a vehicle gets stuck on the tracks, he said, adding, “It happens quite frequently, unfortunately.”