FARGO - A 62-year-old West Fargo man is suspected of intentionally crashing his vehicle into an unoccupied vehicle parked on the shoulder of Interstate 29 while going about 113 mph.
John P. Milligan faces a felony charge of reckless endangerment in Cass County District Court.
According to court documents:
Milligan attempted suicide on Aug. 2 by driving his vehicle into the parked vehicle on I-29 at about 113 mph.
A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper requested the charge after investigating the crash and learning from Milligan, who was hospitalized after the crash, that Milligan drove by the abandoned vehicle twice beforehand to make sure it was empty.
The trooper said in a report filed with the charge that even a trained law enforcement officer can have difficulty determining whether a vehicle is occupied even standing next to the vehicle and looking in through the windows.
The trooper also said in the report that given the traffic on I-29 at the time of the crash, about 6:34 p.m., there was great potential for more than just Milligan to be injured or killed by his action, according to court documents.
Lindsey Haugen, Milligan’s attorney, declined to comment on the case Wednesday, Aug. 22. Haugen said his client had not yet made a court appearance and it was early in the proceedings. However, Haugen said he may have more to say about the case in the future.