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Emily Welker, Published October 18 2013

16-year-old Moorhead girl faces multiple charges after driving car into home

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead teenager has been charged with criminal negligence in an Aug. 30 car crash here after prosecutors say she smoked marijuana, then drove her car into a house, seriously injuring another teen in the car with her.

Amanda Grace Pester, 16, of Moorhead, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with one count of causing injury while negligently operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, a felony.

Pester was also charged with three other misdemeanor counts of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless or careless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Aug. 30 crash sent Pester’s then 15-year-old companion to the hospital with a broken jaw and a concussion.

The car, according to a probable cause statement filed with the charges, hit the garage attached to a house at 310 37th Ave. S. and impaled itself onto the residence, trapping the 15-year-old inside the car.

Officers at the scene found marijuana paraphernalia inside the car, according to the statement. They could not find tire skid marks leading up to the house, on the interior walls or on a door, which were damaged in the crash.

The probable cause statement says Pester told police at Essentia Health in Fargo that she didn’t recall much of the crash, but that before it, she had been driving around with the other teen smoking marijuana, which he had given to her. She described the amount she had smoked as “a bowl.”

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541