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Pickup slams into Bemidji squad car, police officer narrowly avoids injury

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BEMIDJI – A Bemidji police squad car sustained major damage after a pickup truck slammed into it early Friday morning.


Brett Michael Delange

Police Chief Mike Mastin said an “officer narrowly escaped injury as the collision occurred.”

Brett Michael Delange, 22, failed field sobriety testing and a preliminary breath test, according to a news release issued by police. He was arrested on suspicion of a fourth-degree charge of driving while intoxicated.

Further, the release spelled out details of the collision:

About 2:30 a.m., a 1999 Dodge pickup collided with the rear of a Bemidji squad car while an officer was conducting a separate traffic stop near the intersection of 13th Street Northeast on Bemidji Avenue.

“The collision caused major damage to the rear of the squad car and pushed it into the rear end of the first vehicle causing moderate damage,” the release said. “No other injuries were reported.” 

Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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