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Teen's escape from Sheyenne River mud leads to unrelated DUI arrest

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West Fargo Fireman Levi Nesvold sprays off a young swimmer who was stuck in the mud in the Sheyenne River in West Fargo on Tuesday morning. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

WEST FARGO -- While on the scene of a teen who became stuck in the mud while swimming in the Sheyenne River with his dog, police were dispatched to the other side of the bridge for an alleged drunk driving related motorcycle accident.

West Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Kendel Frost said police officers noticed the boy in the water near 2125 Sheyenne Street around 9:30 a.m. on July 31 and called rescue crews. Although fire crews were on site quickly, the boy had managed to pull himself out of the water on his own.

The boy was caked in mud up to his waist, so crews used fire hoses to clean him off. The 17-year-old and his dog were not injured.  

“The river was low so there wasn’t much of a hazard,” Frost said.

While police officers were on the scene of the rescue, they were dispatched to the other side of the bridge for a motorcycle accident.

Dean Eversen, 52, was going too fast to negotiate the turn on Christenson Parkway, Sgt. Terry Styf said in a release. Evensen lost control and came to rest on the bank of the river. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Cass County Jail. He was not injured.

The teen was released from the scene to his parents. Frost said while the city does not post “no swimming” at the river, it is not advised.

“Especially when the river is high, when it’s high, the currents can quickly pull someone away,” Frost said.