Richland County authorities track down man who fled from accidentRichland County, ND (WDAY TV) - The circumstances surrounding a one-car rollover in rural Richland County overnight got even more bizarre today.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
The circumstances surrounding a one-car rollover in rural Richland County overnight got even more bizarre today. The State Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now looking into the discharge of a deputy's gun during the arrest of a man involved in that crash, who left the accident scene and his critically injured father.
After an exhausting search for Darin Gilsdorf, the driver in the car that rolled, Richland County authorities arrested him at his home in Dwight, North Dakota. That is about 30 minutes south of Fargo. Investigators are still trying to piece together why Gilsdorf left the scene of the accident that seriously injured his father, who is now hospitalized at Sanford.
In a morning fog, Richland County deputies prepared to launch an all-out search for Darin Gilsdorf, unloading 4 wheelers to be used in the fields and woods not far from Galchut.
Danny Wise – Richland County Deputy: “The family has not heard from his; there has been no cell phone contact.”
Gilsdorf was traveling south on highway 81. His car hit the approach, went airborne, then rolled, coming to rest in this ditch. He first checked on his father then fled the scene.
Danny Wise: “He could have internal injuries, alcohol was a factor. He might not know what is going on with his body. Hypothermia could have set in. “
Ron Julson lives off the highway. His wife came across the crash and asked him to come help.
Ron Julson – Witness: “Roof was caved in he was trapped in there the son laid on his back on pushed the top up and pushed him out and we caught him and then he come over and hugged his Dad and said, “I am sorry I am sorry,” and then he took of cross country.”
But as the deputies prepared to spread out and search, word came in that Gilsdorf had been spotted at his home in Dwight. The state BCI is now investigating, because a gun accidentally went off during the arrest. No one was injured.
The deputy, whose weapon discharged during the arrest remains on the job. BCI investigators did take the gun as part of the investigation.