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Repeat drunk driver injures five

A North Dakota man was arrested following a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of County Road B and U.S. Highway 53 early Tuesday afternoon.

A North Dakota man was arrested following a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of County Road B and U.S. Highway 53 early Tuesday afternoon.

Dennis Helmer Amundson, 59, of Finley, N.D. was charged with his fifth offense for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and faces another charge for causing injury while operating intoxicated.

Two women and three children were injured as a result of the collision.

According to Douglas County Sheriff's Department reports:

Sonja Carlson, 31, Proctor, was driving a minivan northbound on U.S. Highway 53. Her three children, ages 3, 5 and 7, were restrained in the rear two seats. As she reached the intersection with County Road B, she noticed Amundson's truck cross to the median between the north and southbound lanes. Amundson then continued across the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 53 without appearing to slow or stop, Carlson told authorities.

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Carlson hit her brakes and her horn, but it was too late to prevent the "severe impact" that sent Amundson's vehicle into another truck waiting on County Road B for traffic to clear, according to deputies. The subsequent crash sent Theresa Farmer, 38, of South Range eastward and hit hard enough to deploy her vehicle's air bags.

Both women and all three children were transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Their conditions were unknown.

During the initial investigation, deputies discovered an open 12-pack of beer in Amundson's vehicle. Only four cans remained unopened.

Deputies also observed tracks that showed Carlson had little time to react before she "T-boned" Amundson when he entered the northbound lanes of Highway 53.

Amundson is also facing citations for failing to yield and operating without a valid driver's license. His driver's license is suspended in North Dakota, and a license held in Minnesota was revoked after a drunk driving offense there. According to Minnesota driving records, his plates were ordered to be impounded if he was arrested again for drunk driving before 2012.

Amundson was convicted of one driving while impaired offense in Minnesota and three in North Dakota.

The accident remains under investigation.

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