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Man detained on suspicion of DUI after head-on crash at NDSU

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Fargo firefighters clean up crash debris Monday, Sept. 11, after the driver of a black Subaru clipped one vehicle and collided head on with another while heading westbound on 12th Avenue North in the wrong lane. No major injuries were reported and the driver is suspected of drunken driving. Kim Hyatt/ The Forum3 / 3

FARGO — North Dakota State University police Officer Gennifer Sprecher was just heading home from her shift Monday, Sept. 11, when seconds after exiting the campus police parking lot, she was calling in a reckless driver.

Sprecher said she whipped a U-turn and called 911 at 10:40 p.m., but unfortunately couldn't stop the head-on impact from happening in front of the T-Loft Apartments on 12th Avenue North.

The driver of a black Subaru Legacy with North Dakota license plates was heading eastbound on the avenue in the wrong lane when it hit the front end of a westbound black Ford Focus.

Sgt. Mike Erbes said the Subaru driver was detained and it's likely he was under the influence of alcohol.

Prior to the head-on collision, the Subaru hit another vehicle while driving in the wrong lane. The westbound driver of that vehicle attempted to avoid the Subaru by driving onto the boulevard, Erbes said, but it was still clipped.

Students lined the sidewalks as officers from NDSU and the Fargo Police Department, Fargo Fire Department and first responders with F-M Ambulance rushed to the scene. They watched firefighters clean up crash debris and fluids while the driver of the Subaru sat in the backseat of a squad car with a small laceration to his head, awaiting sobriety tests.

No major injuries were reported from any of the other drivers or passengers and all refused treatment, Erbes said, adding that it's unknown if any of those involved were NDSU students.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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