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Suspected drunken driver survives fiery crash in northern MN

A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol was 0.138.
The aftermath of the crash in Lake Hattie Township. 

The aftermath of the crash in Lake Hattie Township. 

A suspected drunken driver from Lino Lakes survived crashing into a ditch and his vehicle starting on fire in Lake Hattie Township. 

Hubbard County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a truck crash at 5:43 p.m. on July 1, arriving to find it fully engulfed in flames and the 51-year-old driver sitting on the side of the road with "obvious facial injuries," the sheriff's office said in a July 14 news release

The sheriff's office said the man was driving a 1978 Ford Bronco northbound on County Road 3, when he lost control while driving around a curve and crashed into a ditch. The truck then started on fire. 

A witness who was following the driver said he'd been driving fast, erratically and was swerving before the crash. 

The driver admitted he'd been drinking at multiple bars before the crash, the sheriff's office said. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol was 0.138. 

He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. 

The truck fire was extinguished after it also started grass in the area on fire. 

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