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Emily Welker, Published March 11 2014

West Fargo man accused of crashing car full of passengers on purpose

WEST FARGO – An arrest warrant has been issued for a West Fargo man accused of deliberately crashing a carload of passengers into a parked vehicle here.

Cody Lee Sinclair, 22, was charged Monday with Class C felony reckless endangerment and failure to notify the owner upon striking an unattended vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to court documents filed with the charges, on Feb. 25, West Fargo officers were called at about 10:38 p.m. to a report of a disturbance after an accident near 551 4th St. N.W.

West Fargo officer Eric Wiianen saw a red Chevy Cavalier, sitting sideways in the street, with fresh damage on it. Wiianen spoke with a woman there, Sasha Marie Smith, who said she and another person had been riding in the car with her ex-boyfriend, Sinclair, according to court documents.

Smith told the officer that Sinclair had sped up and crashed into a pickup truck parked on Sixth Street just north of where the two were standing.

Before the crash, she told Wiianen, Sinclair said, “I hope you all die,” or words to that effect.

The second passenger, Troy Gary Benjamin, said Sinclair had shortly before that become upset and started driving erratically, cutting through the nearby parking lot of the Harley-Davidson shop on Sixth Street near Main Avenue.

Benjamin said Sinclair had become upset at his two passengers, and Sinclair would not stop when Benjamin told him he wanted to get out. Benjamin said both he and Smith asked Sinclair multiple times to just drop them off.

In the report, Wiianen also writes that it sounded as if Sinclair might have been upset that Smith, his ex-girlfriend, was now with Benjamin.

After crashing the car, Sinclair had walked to his nearby apartment, Benjamin told Wiianen.

A warrant for Sinclair’s arrest was issued Tuesday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541