A pursuit of an individual with outstanding warrants by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office ended in tragedy as a collision left two people dead and another with serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries Friday in Fergus Falls.
According to the release, at 6:42 p.m. Friday, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office attempted to arrest Cody James Freitag, 30, on outstanding warrants. The warrants included felony drug crimes, felony theft, felony fleeing, domestic assault and obstructing legal process. Deputies posing as an acquaintance to the Freitag had contacted him through social media to meet at a local convenience store.
Upon contact, Freitag fled in a vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, with the deputies pursuing on the north edge of the city of Fergus Falls. One deputy’s vehicle became disabled during the pursuit, while the second deputy continued to pursue the subject back toward downtown. While eastbound on Cavour Avenue, Freitag ran a stop sign and collided with a northbound passenger car at the intersection of Cavour and Union avenues. The impact of the crash sent the suspect’s vehicle into a light pole and the passenger vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Camry, into an adjacent parking lot.
Fergus Falls police and fire personnel responded to the crash scene and attempted life-saving measures. The two occupants of the passenger vehicle, identified as Steven Christianson, 72, and Diane Christianson, 71, were killed in the collision. Freitag suffered serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Fargo hospital with an unknown condition.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash, while the Fergus Falls Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation into the incident. Neither agency was involved in the pursuit. The investigation is still ongoing.
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