Man crashes into car clinicA Dickinson man may have had a little too much to drink Thursday afternoon and his car has the marks to prove it.
By: Lisa Call, The Dickinson Press
A Dickinson man may have had a little too much to drink Thursday afternoon and his car has the marks to prove it.
Sgt. Dustin Dassinger of the Dickinson Police Department said Harvey Hellman, 59, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
According to the North Dakota Supreme Court Web site, Hellman has previously been charged with three DUIs.
Hellman was driving an Oldsmobile west on Villard Street in Dickinson when he swerved onto the sidewalk in front of Chad’s Automotive Clinic.
The vehicle mowed down a “no parking here to corner” sign, sideswiped a wall and eventually the front end smashed into concrete steps in front of Chad’s Automotive Clinic.
A few people on the scene said it was apparent Hellman was intoxicated and that he threw a liquor bottle from the car.
“We pulled the door open for him and I walked to the corner with him,” said mechanic Darrin Cooper. “I think that’s when he threw it (bottle).”
Several mechanics heard the ruckus.
“It sounded like somebody was driving with a trailer that fell off … like aluminum dragging across the road,” Cooper said.
Mechanic Ryan Praus said the car’s impact made a loud booming and scraping noise.
Officer Joe Zayden was on the scene and said the incident is still under investigation.
“We had four to five cars sitting here 10 minutes prior,” said Praus. “It could have been very ugly.”