Head-on crash leads to string of criminal charges for Moorhead man

After allegedly fleeing the scene of the crash and later attempting to escape law enforcement after his arrest in the hospital, Alan Steven Walker is being held in the Cass County Jail.

Alan Walker.
Submitted photo / Cass County Jail

FARGO — A Moorhead man is in the Cass County Jail after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash early Monday morning, Jan. 30.

Alan Steven Walker, 28, was driving his Chevrolet Suburban southbound on Cass County Road 81 when he struck a northbound Jeep Cherokee head-on. The crash happened approximately 3.5 miles north of Hickson/Oxbow around 1 a.m. Monday.

Walker crossed the centerline moments prior to the crash and was attempting to turn left onto 112th Avenue South/County Road 16, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Both vehicles were pushed into the northeast ditch at the intersection.

Occupants of the Jeep, Marissa Merkel, 37, and Brandon Johnson, 46, both from Fargo, were transported via ambulance to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the Highway Patrol said. They were both discharged as of Monday evening.


Walker fled the scene of the crash and went to his home in rural Clay County, where he was later found by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

Walker, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was taken via ambulance to Sanford Hospital, where he was arrested, according to the Highway Patrol.

While receiving treatment for minor injuries, he attempted to escape but was apprehended by a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, the patrol said.

Upon being discharged from the hospital, Walker was transported to the Cass County Jail.

He faces charges of driving under the influence, DUI refusal, driving under suspension, criminal vehicular injury, duty in accident involving injury and escape, the Highway Patrol said.

Additional charges listed on the Cass County Jail's inmate roster for Walker include violation of a protection order and failure to appear.

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