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Gravestones at Ebenezer Cemetery in Douglas County damaged after car crash

Gravestones were damaged at Ebenezer Cemetery outside of Leaf Valley during the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 23. A driver became airborne after jumping the approach next to the cemetery and crashed into the headstones.

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A driver became airborne after hitting approach and caused damages to headstones at Ebenezer Cemetery outside Leaf Valley. (Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press)

Gravestones were damaged at Ebenezer Cemetery outside of Leaf Valley during the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 23.

Jerit Rud, 38, originally from Douglas County, but whose current license is from Fort Charlotte, Florida, was heading east on County Road 5 when he went into the ditch, jumped the cemetery's approach, became airborne and crashed into the headstones, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office..

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Headstones damaged at Ebenezer Cemetery outside Leaf Valley. (Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press)

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According to Sgt. Scot Umlauf, Rud was arrested on suspicion of DWI, and a blood test was taken and sent off to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.

"We don't suspect it to be the result of alcohol; that is why a blood test was administered," said Umlauf.

Results for the blood test are pending and could take up to a month to get back.

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Ebenzer Cemetery is located just outside of Leaf Valley. (Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press)

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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