An adult male was severely injured in a one-vehicle automobile accident Tuesday, May 14 in Wahpeton.
Michael Glanzer, 36, was extricated from the accident site, located in the 1600 block of 11th Street North. Crews at the scene removed the vehicle’s roof to free the West Fargo, North Dakota, man from the driver’s seat.
Transported to CHI St. Francis in Breckenridge, Minnesota, Glanzer was then life-flighted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. He was in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson confirmed Glanzer was the vehicle’s lone occupant. The accident occurred just before 5:30 a.m. and resulted in both injuries and property damage. The vehicle was a 2006 Chevrolet Impala.
“The Fargo Police Department is investigating,” Thorsteinson said. “The vehicle was reported stolen in their jurisdiction.”
Local law enforcement spotted the vehicle at 12th Street North in Wahpeton. There were reports of a reckless driver and officers attempted to make a traffic stop.
It initially appeared that Glanzer was going to stop for officers, Thorsteinson said. However, the vehicle took off and kept going northbound on 11th Street North, passing vehicles and reaching speeds of at least 50 miles per hour.
The accident occurred at a stretch of 11th Street North with a 25 mph speed limit. The vehicle came to a stop past the intersection of 11th Street and 16th Avenue North.
“The vehicle appeared to turn right onto 16th Avenue,” Thorsteinson said. “It actually skidded, rolled and then went into a pole. The officers were far enough back that when they didn’t see the taillights, they initially thought the vehicle had turned.”
A complete reconstruction of the accident is being formed by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The streetlight which the vehicle crashed into stopped the vehicle but also nearly collapsed.
“The vehicle was reported stolen on May 12,” Thorsteinson said. “I’m not aware of the driver being under the influence. Officers at the scene said there wasn’t any obvious indication of that.”
Substance tests weren’t able to be performed, Thorsteinson said. Glanzer was injured and pinned in the vehicle. Officers did render first aid at the scene.
Police from Wahpeton and Breckenridge, as well as the Wahpeton Fire Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol and Ambulance Service Inc., responded at the scene.
Road conditions were good and weather was clear, the highway patrol stated.
Glanzer will be charged with numerous offenses, Thorsteinson said.
“All charges against the suspect will be filed by the Wahpeton Police Department,” the highway patrol stated.
Wahpeton’s final report will determine the exact charges and their amounts.
“We’re looking at reckless endangerment, fleeing — if this is the operator I suspect it is, driving under a suspended license — and possession of stolen property,” Thorsteinson said.
The accident remains under investigation with the Fargo Police Department, Wahpeton Police Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol.