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Barnesville man gets 30 days in ATV crash that hurt three

By Sarah Smith

A Barnesville man will serve 30 days in jail for an ATV crash last fall in Hubbard County that injured him and two others.

Jesse Brian Norberg, 37, faced 14 charges in connection with the 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, a deputy testified earlier this summer.

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.

At sentencing last Friday Norberg minimized the alcohol consumption, saying he was on a rocky logging road that caused the crash.

He seemed not to grasp the significance of the fact that his blood alcohol content was .11 percent at least four hours after the crash.

Norberg testified he suffered a broken collarbone and punctured lungs.

“The cause was not alcohol,” he testified. “It was debris in the road.”

He testified he doesn’t recall the crash that occurred when he and two cousins were preparing land for deer hunting. He also testified that he didn’t recall what the men were drinking.

One passenger, 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. Neither was seeking restitution.

A Hubbard County deputy testified at the omnibus hearing that he had to get through a locked gate 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 Fargo indicated a blood-alcohol content of .11 percent.

Thirteen charges of an amended complaint were dismissed and Norberg pled guilty to Third Degree DWI, a gross misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

He has until March 30, 2015, to complete his sentence, serving selected weekends in jail. With good behavior, he will only have to serve 20 days.

Sarah Smith

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

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