Sober ride service owner cited with DUI in power outage-causing crash

The power outage Wednesday, Aug. 4, knocked out power to approximately 200 Xcel Energy customers.

People initially trapped in car after car crash into power pole in Fargo
Fargo firefighters at the scene of a crash on First Avenue North Wednesday morning, Aug. 4. WDAY News
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FARGO — The woman identified by police as the driver in a crash that caused a power outage in downtown Fargo Wednesday morning, Aug. 4, is listed as the owner of a business that provides sober rides.

Kristina Jo Budke, 36, was the sole occupant inside the car that crashed in the 100 block of First Avenue North around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Fargo police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker. She was later cited for driving under the influence.

Police said Budke was speeding when she lost control of the vehicle. The car appeared to have crashed into a power line pole on the side of the road.

The power outage caused by the crash cut off electricity for roughly 200 Xcel Energy customers for several hours.


Driver involved in crash that caused Fargo power outage owns designated driving business
Kristina Budke, 36

Budke was taken to a hospital for minor injuries after being pulled from the vehicle and later cited for DUI after investigators said they found signs of drug impairment.

Budke is listed as the owner of Sober Kitty's LLC Designated Driving Service in Fargo, according to her Facebook page.

She is the registered agent of the LLC, according to business filings with the North Dakota Secretary of State.

Sober Kitty's did not respond to requests for comment by publication time.

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