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Lawyer disputes charges in ATV crash

By Sarah Smith

A district judge will determine if Criminal Vehicular Operation charges should go forward in the case of an ATV accident last fall in Hubbard County.

Jesse Brian Norberg, 37, of Barnesville, faces six charges in connection with a crash Sept. 20 near Lake George that injured Norberg seriously and caused injuries to two passengers riding with him on his ATV.

Norberg, who was found semi-conscious near a tree, smelled of alcohol, the deputy testified.

Due to the extent of his injuries, Norberg was airlifted to Fargo Essentia Hospital after being pinned beneath the Polaris Ranger. Highway 71 had to be shut down for the chopper to land.

The defense is seeking to suppress a blood test taken from Norberg, the driver, suppress the implied consent and find there is lack of probable cause to charge Norberg with the felonies on the two passengers, which were his cousins. One, Christian Larson, was a St. Paul police officer.

The complaint states Larson received a scalp laceration and complained of shoulder pain.

The second passenger, Garret Edelman, received a lacerated finger and also complained of shoulder pain. Both passengers received sutures to close their lacerations.

A Hubbard County deputy testified that he had to get through a locked gate and through bumpy terrain that night to get to the crash, which occurred around 11 p.m.

Norberg was previously convicted of DWI in Clay County, according to the complaint.

A blood sample taken at 3 a.m. at the hospital indicated a blood-alcohol content of .11 percent.

The six charges, including two Third Degree DUI charges, and four counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation, are each punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine upon conviction.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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