Suspected drunk motor home driver rear ends car, seriously injuring 1


A man whose car was rear-ended by a motor home with a suspected drunken driver behind the wheel suffered serious injuries and is in the hospital, according to authorities.

The Minnesota State Patrol said on its Facebook page the crash happened near Independence, west of the Twin Cities, at around 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

The motor home, which was pulling an enclosed trailer at the time, rear-ended the other car as it made a left hand turn. The driver of the motor home – suspected of being drunk, the State Patrol says – walked away without any injuries, as did his wife.

KARE 11 described this as "miraculous" given that the motor home went over the car and then flipped, landing in a ditch and trapping the pair inside. They were then pulled to safety by bystanders.

The driver of the car was identified as 35-year-old Paul Dahlstrom, of St. Michael. He is in "very critical condition" at North Memorial Hospital, the TV station notes.

The crash is still under investigation, but the State Patrol said the following: "Think about that if you ever find yourself wondering whether or not to get behind the wheel after a few drinks. Drinking and driving isn’t just about you. It’s about the lives of everyone on the road around you."

Minnesota's law enforcement authorities announced a DWI crackdown between now and the Labor Day weekend, which is the second-deadliest holiday weekend on state roads.

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