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Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted: 12/15/2021

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 21015553

Date Reported: 12/14/2021 at 2014 hours

Incident: Motor Vehicle Accident

Location: Co Rd 82/Co Rd 9

Case Details:

Subject: Nicolas Robert John Abel, Age 28 or St. Cloud, MN
Subject: Joshua James Zins, Age 18 of Nelson, MN

At 2014 hours on 12/14/21 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a two vehicle crash on Co Rd 82 near the intersection of Co Rd 9. When deputies arrived on scene it was reported by a witness that a male was observed exiting one of the vehicles involved in the crash and fleeing the scene. The initial investigation indicates that a passenger car driven by Abel was traveling westbound on Co Rd 82 when it crossed the center line striking an eastbound pickup driven by Zins. Abel was observed fleeing the scene. A Douglas County K-9 unit and drone were used to search the area. Abel was located and after being treated by North Ambulance at the scene, was taken into custody. Zins was also treated by North Ambulance and released. The accident is still under investigation. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the following agencies: MN State Patrol, North Memorial Ambulance Service, and the Osakis Police Department.

Officer: Sgt. Brandon Kruse, #216

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