Police report: fatal accident, bumper cars and show for police

by Jim Boyle, Editor

A 55-year-old Otsego woman died in a two-vehicle crash that happened about 7:24 a.m. Jan. 24 on Wright County Road 37 near Quaday Avenue Northeast in the city of Otsego, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The initial investigation indicates that a 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva was westbound on County Road 37 near Quaday Avenue Northeast, when it spun out on the snow-covered road and collided with an eastbound 2008 Mercury Mountaineer, being driven by Becky Allard, 38, of Otsego.

The driver of the Oldsmobile, who has been identified as Cindy Lou Christiansen, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased was wearing a seat belt.

Allard and a 3-year-old passenger in the Mercury were not injured.

Elk River Fire and Elk River Ambulance also responded to the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.


Offer for help at scene led to arrest

While on scene of a DWI arrest shortly before 1 a.m. Jan. 26 at the intersection of Ranch Road and Proctor Avenue, a 46-year-old Elk River  man arrived to help.

A 46-year-old Princeton man had driven off the road and was stuck in a snowbank. He was eventually arrested for fourth-degree DWI.

The Elk River man offered to provide a ride home for the passenger who had been in the suspect’s vehicle. But during contact with the man, it was determined he had an order for protection and domestic abuse no contact order in place between him and one of his female passengers.

The man was arrested for violating the orders and transported to Sherburne County Jail. His vehicle was secured on the side of the road, and his passengers were given a courtesy transport to a nearby residence.


Cellphone stolen for work truck

A 34-year-old Elk River man reported on Jan. 25 a cellphone had been stolen from his work truck. The man reported a window on truck broken out to gain access to inside.

The truck had been parked in a driveway in the 9900 bock of 174th Avenue. The cellphone was taken from the cup holder.


Nowthen man put on a show — for police

A 19-year-old Nowthen motorist putting on a show for a video camera in a nearby vehicle did not impress the officer who witnessed his antics.

It was shortly after midnight Jan. 26 when an officer, traveling south on Dodge Street in the 500 block, observed the listed truck traveling north on Dodge near KFC restaurant.

“I observed the driver’s side of the truck start to fishtail and the vehicle ended up in the southbound lane of Dodge Street,” the officer stated in his report. “I had to stop … for the vehicle due to it being in my lane of traffic.”

The vehicle then reportedly accelerated and began to fishtail again with the rear passenger side heading to the east.

“The driver was on the accelerator the entire time after it passed my squad,” the officer wrote. “I observed a passenger car behind the truck and it appeared that the passenger was recording the truck. The truck was stopped in the McDonald’s drive-thru.”

When stopped, the driver stated that he was “drifting.” There was approximately 1-2 inches of fresh snow on the ground with blowing wind.

The driver was cited for exhibition driving.


Lights at Jackson/10 confuse motorist 

Elk River Police cited a 21-year-old Elk River man Jan. 24 for a semaphore violation after he crossed the railroad tracks on a red light at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Highway 10. The driver admitted to the violation, stating he was confused by the lights on Highway 10.

Bumper cars on  snowy Highway 10 

Police received two reports of a red minivan traveling westbound on Highway 10, which lost control on the snow-covered roadway and drove onto the median in the 1400 block of Highway 10, causing eastbound traffic to slow or stop briefly.

One of the complainants stated he was able to stop for the vehicle that lost control, but was struck from behind by another. That driver stated that as she attempted to stop while following the second vehicle, she lost control and spun 180 degrees and hit the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of her with her rear bumper.

There was minor damage to the rear bumpers on both vehicles. Both drivers refused medical attention.