Drunk driver charged with DUI in Casselton rollover, leaving one injuredCasselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The driver from a serious crash in rural Casselton is now charged with DUI and he left police with a déjà vu feeling after fleeing the crash into a cornfield.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The driver from a serious crash in rural Casselton is now charged with DUI and he left police with a déjà vu feeling after fleeing the crash into a cornfield.
Nearly one year to the day, the Cass County Sheriff called on all of his resources to find a man in a field.
This time, no combines would be needed.
The passenger in this accident, 19-year-old Michael Foley of Fargo, remains in the hospital tonight and Sanford is not releasing his condition.
He was lifeflighted there minutes after being ejected in the rollover.
Police confirmed today the man who fled the scene was the driver of the car. He's 20-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez the 3rd of Durbin, North Dakota. He's charged with DUI.
This all started yesterday at 5:30. The car Rodriguez was driving struck a bridge-guardrail and then rolled.
An eyewitness saw Rodriguez flee the scene and jump into the Maple River.
The sheriff dispatched his immediate action team about 20 deputies -- they used ATVs, K-9s and highway patrol had an air search.
Rodriguez was found nearly four hours after he disappeared.
Sheriff Paul Laney, Cass County: "Excellent police work."
The search was a strikingly similar scene to last October -- when a convict escaped a prisoner transport vehicle.
The only difference that search would span more than 24 hours, it took combines to flush Joseph Magna from a field -- one year later the sheriff says that made for a more efficient team on scene last night.
Sheriff Laney: "We talked about how similar this was, didn't want it to stretch out."
Laney says the judge will have the option to add on a stiff financial penalty to Rodriguez, to help cover costs for all of the resources used in the search.