Drunk driver crashes car into North Branch Dairy Queen

Broken windows and a destroyed piece of wall were boarded up the day after the accident at the North Branch Dairy Queen. Photo by Derrick Knutson

By Derrick Knutson—

A Rush City man who stopped by the North Branch Dairy Queen for some frozen fare April 30 is facing charges after reportedly reversing his vehicle through a side of the business and then driving away.

The incident occurred at about 6:25 p.m. and police were able to track down the man, 47-year-old Steve Holmgren, about a mile and a half from the DQ after receiving a vehicle description from a witness.

“There was quite a bit of rear-end damage to the vehicle,” North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer said. “The rear window of the vehicle was broken out.”

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident, but Holmgren’s vehicle did cause extensive damage to some large windows and brick on the building.

According to a press release from the police department, the vehicle backed about 10 feet into the restaurant.

Meyer said Holmgren registered a .19 on a preliminary breath test following the accident.

Holmgren has a conviction in 2010 for driving while intoxicated, and at the time he reportedly backed his vehicle into the Dairy Queen he was driving without insurance.

As of press time, Holmgren was in the Chisago County Jail waiting to go to court on charges of third-degree DWI, felony criminal damage to property and leaving the scene of an accident.

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