Bemidji man arrested after rollover crash pinned and injured passenger

A Bemidji man was arrested after a rollover crash pinned and injured a passenger in Hubbard County recently.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said in a Wednesday release that his office received the call on Aug. 27 around 1 a.m.

The release says 33-year-old Brent Mootz was driving a GMC Jimmy recklessly in a field on his property in Helga Township when the vehicle rolled onto its side, pinning 28-year-old Allison Gregerson of Bemidji underneath it.

Mootz retrieved another vehicle and pulled the Jimmy off the screaming Gregerson.

A state trooper spoke to Mootz at the scene and detected a strong odor of alcohol.

While officers were assisting the injured passengers, Mootz fled the area on foot.

About four hours later, a deputy observed Mootz enter the back door of his garage.

Mootz was then arrested.

He said he fled because of two prior DWI convictions.

Gregerson was transported by ambulance to the Sanford Bemidji Hospital, and another passenger refused medical treatment for a wrist injury.

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