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Published May 03, 2011, 03:31 PM

Bismarck Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Car-jumping Case

21-year-old Christine Stroh is charged with felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence, driving under suspension and fleeing.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman accused of jumping from a moving car and leaving two passengers inside has pleaded not guilty.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 21-year-old Christine Stroh is charged with felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence, driving under suspension and fleeing.

Authorities allege that Stroh fled from a Highway Patrol trooper in February then jumped from the moving vehicle, which crashed into a snowbank. She then allegedly tried to run away but slipped on some ice.

Defense attorney Kent Morrow says there is no basis for the reckless endangerment charge because no one was hurt and no property damage was done. Judge Bruce Romanick disagreed.

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