ND Highway Patrol soldier assaulted at I-94 rest area near Tower City

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A North Dakota Highway Patrol Soldier was assaulted today while stopping at the Oriska Rest Area on Interstate 94, approximately 45 miles west of Fargo.

Early Monday morning, the soldier responded to a report of a reckless driver traveling west on I-94 near Tower City.

The soldier spotted the vehicle at the Oriska rest area and approached the vehicle.

The driver appeared to be unconscious in the parked car still in motion.

According to the highway patrol report, the soldier managed to wake the driver up and observed signs that the driver was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine.

The driver refused to get out of the vehicle and was placed under arrest. At this point, the soldier attempted to use force to remove the driver from the vehicle.

According to the report, the driver resisted and put the vehicle into reverse, dragging the soldier away. The soldier was able to return the car to the park and the driver continued to resist arrest and allegedly tried to disarm the officer.

Two people at the rest area helped the soldier get the driver out of the car. She was then handcuffed and tied to the patrol vehicle.

Shortly after, it was learned that the vehicle the woman was driving was stolen in Clay County, Minnesota on July 5.

The 35-year-old Jamestown woman was arrested for drunk driving, driving under suspension, providing false information, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, resistance to arrest, aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital in Valley City for treatment of minor injuries and later transported to Stutsman County Jail.

The highway patroller was also treated for non-life threatening injuries at Mercy Hospital.

The Valley City Police Department and the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.


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