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Published August 30, 2011, 02:18 PM

Park River, ND, Woman Faces Driveway DUI Charge After Running Over Husband

PARK RIVER, N.D. (AP) — A 69-year-old Park River woman was arrested for drunken driving after authorities say she hit her husband while driving out of the couple's garage. Catherine Hjelmstad (JELM'-stad) calls the charge "ridiculous."

By: Associated Press,

PARK RIVER, N.D. (AP) — A 69-year-old Park River woman was arrested for drunken driving after authorities say she hit her husband while driving out of the couple's garage. Catherine Hjelmstad (JELM'-stad) calls the charge "ridiculous."

The Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Milton Hjelmstad was hospitalized in Grafton with unspecified injuries after the incident late Monday afternoon. Authorities say he was pinned under the front bumper of the sport utility vehicle.

Catherine Hjelmstad tells The Associated Press that she had "three or four drinks" and got behind the wheel only to help her husband park the SUV in the garage. She disputes that her husband was pinned under the vehicle — she says he suffered a stroke. She did not have a condition update on Tuesday. She says she's uncertain if she'll fight the DUI charge.

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