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Three injured in drunk driving crash near Perham

A Richville man has been arrested for DWI and criminal vehicular operation after an accident near Perham yesterday that left him and two others injured.

Ryan Palmer, age 35, was traveling west on Fort Thunder Road at about 4 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of his pickup, crossed the centerline and crashed into another truck, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Honer, age 25, of Dent, was driving the other vehicle. When the trucks collided, they both went into the south ditch and came to rest in a field. Honer’s truck landed on the driver’s side, with the front end of Palmer’s pickup in the middle of it.

Honer needed to be extricated from his pickup. His passenger, 17-year-old Hunter Nodsle of Dent, was able to exit the truck on his own. Palmer was also able to exit his vehicle on his own.

All three males were taken to Perham Health, where Nodsle remains. Honer was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Palmer was released from the hospital and arrested for DWI and criminal vehicular operation, the sheriff’s office reported. Alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Assisting the sheriff’s department at the scene were the Perham police and fire departments.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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