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Trooper escapes injury when squad struck by drunken driver

April 25, 2022 GMT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper manning road closure gates for Interstate 94 in Mandan avoided injury when his squad car was struck by a drunken driver.

The patrol said incident happened early Sunday morning after the interstate was shut down because of a blizzard. The trooper was facing eastbound in the westbound lane with his emergency lights activated when a vehicle approached at high speed.

The trooper was able to move his car to avoid a head-on collision and was side-swiped by the vehicle, which continued on to strike the road-closure gates. The vehicle driver, who was not injured, was arrested for driving under the influence.

The case is being investigated by the highway patrol and Morton County.