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Burleigh County deputies responded to a car engulfed in flames Sunday morning in south Bismarck. The driver was found nearby and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence.

A Minnesota man was arrested for driving under the influence after the car he was driving went up in flames.

At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department received a call of a car on fire in south Bismarck, according to Maj. Jim Hulm.

When deputies arrived, they found a Pontiac Grand Prix "fully engulfed in flames" at the intersection of Burleigh Avenue and South 12th Street, he said.

The Bismarck Rural Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire, and the car was completely destroyed, according to Hulm.

"As far as how or why the car was on fire, that we don’t know," he said.

The driver, a 22-year-old man from Badger, Minn., was found nearby and deputies "immediately could smell the odor of alcohol emanating from his breath," Hulm said. The man failed multiple sobriety tests and was arrested.

No formal charges have been filed.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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