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Bicyclist accused of being drunk causes crash on I-94 bridge over Red River

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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A bicyclist arrested on suspicion of being drunk and riding on Interstate 94 on the Red River bridge between Moorhead and Fargo is to blame for a two-vehicle crash, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

At 1:43 p.m. Wednesday, the patrol received a report of the bicyclist -- later identified as Larry Olson, 58, of Fargo -- in the eastbound lanes on the heavily travelled bridge.

There are three lanes each way on the bridge and an eyewitness said Olson was weaving across lanes, according to Sgt. Luke Henrickson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol which assisted in the incident.

Minutes after the 911 call, it was reported that two vehicles were involved in a crash in the center lane on the bridge as one vehicle rear-ended another while attempting to avoid the bicyclist, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota patrol. Both vehicles had only minor damage, he said.

No injuries were reported.

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Grabow said only motorized traffic is allowed on the interstate bridge.

The North Dakota patrol arrested Olson for DUI and impeding traffic. His blood alcohol level wasn’t known as he refused tests, said the patrol.

Henrickson said a DUI can be given to a person on a bicycle once they are on a roadway. He said it’s a gray area when the bicyclist is on a sidewalk or off the road.

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An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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