ND man faces charges after passing out with food cooking on the stove


A North Dakota man is accused of repeatedly passing out drunk with food burning on the stove, leading to the fire department have to respond.

A warrant for Richard David Coryell's arrest was issued Monday, according to Cass County court records, which show he's been charged with reckless endangerment (a class C felony), misdemeanor reckless endangerment and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The charges stem from two separate incidents – on May 27 and again on Sept. 2 – in which the Fargo Fire Department responded to his home after Coryell had left food burning on the stove, court documents say, according to Forum News Service.

In the Sept. 2 incident, firefighters found smoke had filled the home, Forum News says. They also found marks from previous fires.

Coryell told firefighters that he had been drinking and threatened to kill them if they didn't leave, Forum News notes.

The court records say Coryell later admitted he was an alcoholic who often forgets about food cooking on the stove, noting it might happen again, the publication says.

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