On June 5, 2022 at around 4:50am, the DCSO responded to a single vehicle personal injury accident in the 2500 block of Highway 9/71.
Joseph Applegate (43), of Estherville, was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon eastbound on Highway 9/71 when he fell asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle entered the south ditch striking the Wheatley Plumbing & Heating sign, a tree, and came to rest in a grove.
Applegate was suspected of sustaining minor or non-incapacitating injuries. The vehicle was considered a total loss.
The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Spirit Lake First Responders, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Boji Tow.