Two Bismarck police officers were injured Tuesday night after a car, which was reportedly speeding, collided with a law enforcement vehicle at the intersection of North 24th Street and East Avenue D.
Tanner Hersch, 25, of Bismarck, and Ryan Guggenberger, 26, of Bismarck — both officers with the Bismarck Police Department — were transported to a local hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. Both were wearing seat belts.
The driver of the other car, Trever Lindquist, 25, of Bismarck, also was injured and transported to a different hospital. He was not wearing his seat belt. According to Bismarck Police Officer Pat Renz, Lindquist has not yet been released from the hospital.
“The officers were struck by a vehicle that, apparently, appeared to be fleeing from other officers,” he said.
According to Renz, a black passenger car — a Nissan Altima — with no front license plate, a rear dealer plate and no temporary registration was traveling eastbound on East Rosser Avenue, near the 2200 block, around 11:45 p.m.
Two officers were traveling westbound on Rosser in a patrol vehicle and, upon seeing the Altima, made a U-turn, with the intent to make a traffic stop, Renz said.
The patrol vehicle began traveling east in pursuit of the Altima, which made a left turn at the intersection of North 24th Street and East Rosser Avenue to travel north.
By the time the police officers reached the intersection, the suspect was “quite a distance” ahead and traveling at a high rate of speed, so they decided to no longer pursue the vehicle, according to Renz.
The officers made a radio call to other units, alerting them of a black car traveling at a high rate of speed on North 24th Street, Renz said.
A short time later, at the intersection of North 24th Street and East Avenue D, the Altima, driven by Lindquist, collided with a different patrol vehicle — a Ford Explorer — occupied by Hersch and Guggenberger.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, who is investigating the crash, Lindquist was traveling at an “unknown speed” and, while negotiating a right-hand turn at the intersection, struck the patrol vehicle in a front-to-front angle crash, causing “disabling damage” to both vehicles.
Renz said both vehicles required towing.
The road was dry and there was blowing light snow at the time of the accident.
No charges have been filed yet.