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Forum staff reports, Published February 02 2013

Man arrested in Moorhead after allegedly stealing bus while intoxicated

MOORHEAD – A man was arrested here Friday night after allegedly stealing a bus and driving it drunk.

At around 9:32 p.m. Moorhead police responded to Churches United for the Homeless. Jack Christensen, 48, no permanent address, was intoxicated, causing a disturbance and had urinated near the front door there, according to a Moorhead Police Department news release.

When officers arrived, they learned that Christensen had entered a YMCA bus that was left running in the Churches United parking lot. There were two passengers on the bus at the time, but they quickly exited.

Christensen then allegedly drove the bus, but got it stuck in a snowbank on the northeast side of the Churches United building and caused minor damage to the bus.

Christensen then fled on foot and ran to the Gateway Gardens complex just west of Churches United, where he reportedly pounded on doors to be let in.

Officers arrested Christensen without incident and took him to Clay County Jail, according to the news release. His cellphone was found in the driver’s seat of the bus.

Christensen is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second degree DWI-test refusal and urinating in public, according to the news release.