At 2:18 am on Thursday, December 21, the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) responded to a two vehicle injury crash in Bismarck at the intersection of North 7th Street and East Rosser Avenue.
Officer Dawson Rogstad, Bismarck Police Department, was on patrol traveling south on North 7th Street in a fully marked patrol vehicle. Officer Rogstad came to the intersection of 7th Street and East Rosser Avenue where the traffic light was flashing yellow. A second vehicle, driven by Andrea Lawler of Linton, ND, was traveling west on East Rosser Avenue approaching the intersection where the traffic light was flashing red. Lawler failed to stop at the flashing red light and pulled out in front of Officer Rogstad’s vehicle.
Officer Rogstad applied his brakes and struck Lawler’s vehicle on the passenger side with the front of the patrol vehicle. Road conditions were snow covered at the time of the crash, but the weather was clear.
Lawler was tested for alcohol impairment and placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. She was also cited for failure to stop at the red light. Lawler and her passenger, Kellan Geiger, Bismarck, were not injured. Officer Rogstad was treated and released at Sanford Medical Center with minor injuries.