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Fargo man sentenced to jail for rolling vehicle, fleeing; passenger paralyzed

A Fargo man was sentenced Monday in Becker County District Court on a serious felony charge of criminal vehicular operation.

Jordan Anthony Braaten, 20, of 1809 4th St. North, Fargo, was initially charged with eight separate counts of criminal vehicular operation -- two of them felonies -- in connection with a July 16, 2011 rollover accident east of Detroit Lakes.

He was convicted on the first count, but the other seven charges were dismissed at sentencing.

Braaten was ordered to serve 18 months in prison, stayed, on conditions including completion of a 270-day jail sentence and up to five years of supervised probation. He was ordered to report to jail on April 8, until which time he will be subject to electronic home monitoring at his own expense.

He has also been ordered to pay $1,160 in court fines and fees, and was authorized for sentence-to-service (STS) work.

According to the complaint, witnesses reported that Braaten was behind the wheel of a vehicle that rolled over when he allegedly took the turn off Highway 34 onto 335th Avenue at too high a rate of speed, and lost control. The vehicle narrowly missed landing in the river, according to the complaint.

There were four female passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident; three walked away with bumps and bruises, but a fourth suffered a broken back and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

After the crash took place, Braaten reportedly fled the scene, according to witnesses. When law enforcement officers found him later that evening, there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and a preliminary breath test administered at the scene showed his blood alcohol concentration to be .18.