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Drunk driver slices victim’s car into two pieces, sheriff says



This news story was published on November 8, 2015.
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ESTHERVILLE – An Estherville man was arrested this week following a two vehicle motor vehicle accident early Wednesday morning.

Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that the sheriff’s office received a call from the driver of one of two vehicles involved in the accident reporting that a vehicle had run a stop sign and she had struck it at the intersection of Highway 9 and 410th Ave. east of Estherville.

Upon investigation at the scene by the sheriff’s office it was determined that a Southbound 1997 Pontiac driven by Ruslan Lushchenko of Estherville did not stop for the posted stop sign at this intersection and entered into the path of an Eastbound 2006 Pontiac driven by 25-year-old Taylor Larson also of Estherville.

The Larson vehicle subsequently struck the Lushchenko vehicle in the passenger door splitting the Lushchenko vehicle into two pieces with both vehicles entering the South ditch.

Both drivers were transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville by the Estherville Ambulance Service for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Lushchenko was then placed under arrest by a sheriff’s deputy and transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked for OWI 1st offense and failing to obey a stop sign. Lushchenko remains in custody with bond for his release set at $2,000 cash or surety.

Emmet sheriff's office photo

Emmet sheriff’s office photo

Emmet sheriff's office photo

Emmet sheriff’s office photo

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