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Major Kelly Leben

Major Kelly Leben of the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department looks into a Ford Explorer squad car that was damaged in 2016 by an airborne mattress  that showered the deputy with shards of glass.

A flying mattress struck a sheriff's deputy as he drove down East Main Avenue Wednesday evening. The projectile shattered the windshield and flung glass at the officer.

The incident began as Burleigh County Deputy Sheriff Justin Hoag drove westbound on East Main Avenue past Midwest Motor Express to pick up a subject on a warrant, Maj. Kelly Leben said. A 35-year-old Bismarck man driving a pickup with a trailer attached was headed the opposite way. 

A mattress on the trailer came loose and flew up in the air as the cars passed each other, Leben said. It struck the side post by the deputy's driver side door and busted through the windshield.

Hoag was treated at a local hospital, and Leben said he is doing well. 

The driver was cited for carrying an unsecured load, Leben said. 

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Reach Caroline Grueskin at 701-250-8225 or at caroline.grueskin@bismarcktribune.com

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