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Driver suspected of drunken driving after Griggs County crash seriously injures 2

GLENFIELD, N.D. – A driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a rollover crash near here in Griggs County that seriously injured the driver and passenger on Wednesday, April 11, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Stephen Koch, 47, of Slayton, Minn., was driving east from Glenfield to Cooperstown when he failed to navigate a curve on North Dakota Highway 200 five miles east of Glenfield, entering the ditch, the patrol said.

His pickup struck the approach of 97th Avenue Northeast and vaulted into the ditch, rolling several times before coming to a rest, the patrol said.

Koch and his passenger, Edward Leonard, 47, of Tracy, Minn., both suffered serious injuries, and were taken to the Cooperstown Medical Center and then to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, the patrol said. It’s unknown whether either wore safety restraints. The crash remains under investigation.