Roll over on Clay Hill Road

Drake Folkedahl, 26, of Decorah, was cited for failure to maintain control and leaving the scene of an accident Aug. 31 on Clay Hill Road. A report of a vehicle in the ditch came into our dispatch at approximately 6:07 a.m. The reporting party stated that the vehicle had rolled over and was laying on the roof. It was stated that he did not see anyone around and yelled out to see if anyone answered. The reporting party stated that the vehicle still felt warm. Deputies arrived to the location and observed a 4-door Chevrolet truck laying on its roof. The Fire Department was paged out to assist with mechanical extraction, as the investigating officer was unable to see into the passenger cabin due to the damage. The Fire Department was able to open the door via mechanical tools and determined there was no one inside the cabin. Air bags were implemented to raise the vehicle to determine if the driver was trapped underneath. No one was located under the vehicle. There were drops of blood located around the vehicle, and several rows into the corn to the north. It appears that the driver was possibly ejected from the vehicle, as there would have not been a way the driver could remove himself from the passenger cabin. 

It appears that the truck was heading north on Clay Hill Road, when it failed to make the 90-degree turn. The vehicle entered the north ditch at an angle where it struck the ground, nose first, and then rolled onto the roof, smashing the roof completely to the top of the doors. Damage was estimated at approximately $15,000. An interview with the driver Sept. 1 revealed that he took the turn too fast and was having trouble with the ABS breaks on his vehicle. The driver stated that he left the scene and walked to a location and slept in a car. The driver stated that he was transported to the emergency room in Rochester Minn., by personal vehicle, where he was treated for a laceration to his left ankle. The driver also stated that he was sore and bruised and walked with a limp. 

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