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Deputy survives head-on crash with alleged drunk driver


A St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver late Tuesday.

Nobody was injured and the 25-year-old Saginaw man was booked for DWI into the county jail, a Sheriff’s Office news release said on Wednesday.

The sergeant was patrolling Industrial Township north of Saginaw on county Highway 8 near Minnesota Highway 33 when he noticed a vehicle traveling in his direction — on his side of the road.

As the driver, Cody Joyal, failed to correct, the sergeant stopped his car, went into reverse and took evasive maneuvers, including activating the emergency lights. Despite his efforts, the sergeant’s car was struck head-on by the vehicle driven by Joyal. Damage to both vehicles was light. The Sheriff’s Office called it “fortunate” that nobody was injured.

A preliminary investigation showed that Joyal’s actions were possibly intentional, and that Joyal was highly intoxicated, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident occurred at 11:45 p.m.