Recent wrecks in county cause damage and injuries

Motor vehicle accidents since May 21 in Hubbard County include two alcohol-related incidents and one that resulted in life-threatening injuries.

Thomas Olejar, 55, of Becker was arrested for driving under the influence after rolling his 2007 GMC pickup on May 24 in southern Hubbard County. (Submitted photo)

Motor vehicle crashes reported recently in Hubbard County include a mail truck hitting the Lake George fire hall and two alcohol-related crashes.

Fire hall banged up

According to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes, dispatch received a report at 8:20 p.m. on May 21 that a large mail truck had crashed into the Lake George Fire Hall.

Responding deputies learned that Jonathan Kubichek, 43, of Staples was trying to park his large Ryder truck when it collided with the Lake George Fire Department, causing damage to the roof and side of the building. There were no injuries.

Life-threatening injuries

According to a Minnesota State Patrol crash report, both drivers were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 11:46 p.m. on May 22 in Lake George Township.

Responding personnel found that a northbound 2014 Honda CRS Wagon and a southbound 2005 Suzuki Forenza struck head-on on U.S. Hwy. 71, west of County Road 91.


Nykia Taylor Neuerburg, 20, of Osage, who was driving the Suzuki, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo for treatment. Neuerburg was wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

The Honda’s driver, Jennifer Ann Tinkler, 50, of Bemidji, received non-life-threatening injuries. According to the crash report, alcohol was involved on Tinkler’s part.

DUI rollover

According to Aukes, the sheriff’s office received a report at 1 p.m. on May 24 about a single-vehicle rollover with injuries on County Road 106, south of State Hwy. 87 in Hubbard County.

Deputies and medical personnel responded. Upon arrival, deputies found a vehicle on its roof and in the ditch. The driver, 55-year old Thomas Olejar of Becker, was injured and leaning against his vehicle.

Investigation showed that Olejar was southbound on County 106 in his 2007 GMC pickup when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch and overturned. Olejar received minor cuts on his head.

Deputies discovered that Olejar had been drinking and arrested him for driving under the influence (DUI). At the jail, Olejar blew a blood alcohol concentration of 0.21 in a breath test and was charged with DUI.

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