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Two injured in crash near Pelican

Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent

Two people were injured in a recreational vehicle accident July 6 on West Olaf Lake Road, northwest of Pelican Rapids.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said the injured individuals were the driver, 21-year-old Brett Rice of rural Pelican Rapids, and a 21-year-old female whose name was not immediately available.

Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The couple was reportedly driving home from a party, shortly after midnight, when the passenger told Rice that a dog had jumped out of the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Rice, while looking back for the dog, crashed into a ditch filled with water.

The female passenger suffered multiple non-life threatening injuries.

Rice sustained minor injuries.

He was later arrested for fourth degree DWI and criminal vehicular operation.