FARGO — A Fargo man has been accused of driving drunk after he and his passenger were seriously injured in a car crash near Agassiz School in Fargo.
Payton Lee Lonefight, 25, faces a Class C felony charge of criminal vehicular injury in Cass County District Court. He's also charged with driving under suspension, a Class B misdemeanor.
The criminal case stems from a crash Fargo police responded to at 12:55 a.m. Nov. 14 in the 900 block of South University Drive. Lonefight was allegedly driving a car that hit and severed a streetlamp, struck a utility pole and downed power lines before crashing into a tree, according to court documents.
Emergency crews freed Lonefight and his passenger from the wrecked car, and both were taken to a hospital.
Both were treated for head trauma, and the passenger had a dislocated hip, injured pancreas and possible torn aorta, court documents said. Lonefight suffered a broken ankle and potential heart injury, doctors told police.
Court documents allege Lonefight told police he didn’t remember what happened but said, “I’m really drunk.” Officers said they could smell alcohol on his breath, according to an incident report.
Doctors later told police Lonefight had a blood-alcohol level above 0.3%, roughly four times the legal driving limit of .08%.