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Holiday Weekend Crashes Result In Injuries and Arrests


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Two persons were arrested and one hospitalized after an early morning crash on Sunday morning 5-24-2015.

Douglas County 911 received a call at 1:40 am from a cell phone caller stating he was just in a crash and was injured. Dispatchers were able to locate the source of the call to the area south of Pattison park on STH 35. Deputies arrived in the area and found 19 year old Raymond Oberley of Blaine, MN in the roadway hunched over and obviously injured. He stated he was a passenger in the car and doesn’t know how the crash happened. He stated the driver and the other passenger took off into the woods when they heard the sirens coming.

Deputies located a 1998 Honda Civic in the trees with severe damage to the front and passenger side. Shortly thereafter they located the registered owner/driver of the vehicle Christopher Wiisanen, 23, of Brooklyn Center, MN hiding under a downed tree. He was subsequently arrested for OWI 2nd and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 7:08am the third person in the car, Matthew Rodlund, 27, of St. Louis Park, MN was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after motorists reported him to be stumbling in the roadway near CTH B on STH35.


In other traffic related incidents reported over the holiday weekend, two person were injured when the golf cart they were driving on Cleveland Rd in the Village of Lake Nebagamon overturned, trapping the driver, 29 year old Travis Hansen of St. Paul, underneath. The passenger, 29 year old Andrew Franco of Oakdale, MN was able to free Hansen from under the cart. Franco reported a leg injury, Hansen was airlifted to a Duluth hospital with head/facial trauma. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor.

A caller reported a one vehicle rollover with an unconscious driver in it early Sunday morning at 2:47am on Miles Lake Rd in the town of Wascott. The caller did not have a phone and had to leave the scene to make the call; when they returned to the vehicle, the occupant was gone. A short time later the vehicle was reported as stolen to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. The incident remains under investigation by Washburn and Douglas SO’s.

No injuries or damage was reported on Saturday afternoon when a pickup truck left the road and slid down an embankment of STH 13 in the town of Parkland at about 5:09pm. The driver reportedly swerved to miss debris in the road and lost control. The vehicle had to be towed up and out of the ditch. The debris was a piece of aluminum siding.

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