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Moorhead dad (Army Ranger) chases down alleged drunken driver
West Central Tribune ^ | Aug. 11, 2009 | : Mike Nowatzki

Posted on 08/13/2009 3:34:34 PM PDT by AuntB

MOORHEAD - Heather Arntson had already dialed 911 to report the car that slammed into an SUV carrying her husband, herself and their four children, including a 3-month-old baby and 20-month-old toddler.

But when the car’s alleged drunken driver tried to flee the south Moorhead scene, she called 911 again – only, it was now the driver who was probably in the greatest danger.

“I said, ‘The suspect’s running now, and he picked the wrong guy because my husband’s an Army Ranger,’ ” she said she told the dispatcher.

Her husband, Mike Arntson, was able to chase down the driver and stop him without a physical fight. Then he searched the man and marched him back to the crash scene.

“I guess my military training just kind of kicked in,” the Iraq war veteran said.

Siriphone Sayarath, 23, of Fargo was arrested on suspicion of DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and disobeying a stop sign, Moorhead police Sgt. Tory Jacobson said.

Sayarath was being held Monday afternoon in the Clay County Jail, which does not accept messages for inmates.

The accident happened about 5:26 p.m. Sunday as the Arntsons were driving to a friend’s house on 40th Street South. The other driver was eastbound on 40th Avenue in a Kia Rio car when he allegedly ran the stop sign and struck Arntson’s Ford Expedition.

“I immediately thought, ‘Oh my God, the baby, is the baby OK,’ ” Mike Arntson said. “But he was. He practically slept through the whole thing.”

After exchanging insurance information, Arntson said, the driver told him he had to go to the bathroom. The driver went around the corner of the house, and a bystander yelled that he took off running. Arntson said he quickly caught up with the driver three or four houses away.

“I mean, he had just carelessly slammed his car with the hip-hop blasting into my family on a nice, sunny Sunday afternoon, and I wasn’t going to let him try and slip away and sober up,” he said.

Sayarath was convicted of DWI in 2007 and sentenced to 200 days in jail with all but 10 days conditionally suspended for six years, according to Forum archives.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Minnesota; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armyranger; drunkdriver; iraq; veteran

1 posted on 08/13/2009 3:34:35 PM PDT by AuntB
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To: AuntB

Thread BUMP.


2 posted on 08/13/2009 3:38:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: AuntB

Ruh roh, he’s in trouble now.


3 posted on 08/13/2009 3:39:26 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: AuntB

“Siriphone Sayarath, 23, of Fargo”

Oh yeah, hey!”


4 posted on 08/13/2009 3:39:34 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: AuntB
Siriphone Sayarath

What the hell kinda name is that? Moslime?

5 posted on 08/13/2009 3:39:51 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o)(o)
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To: AuntB
Siriphone Sayarath, 23, of Fargo

One of those North Dakota Norwegians...

6 posted on 08/13/2009 3:40:19 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: AuntB

I bet the local media monolith is already calling the husband a VIGILANTE!


7 posted on 08/13/2009 3:40:20 PM PDT by 2harddrive (S)
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To: ThreePuttinDude
What the hell kinda name is that? Moslime?

SE Asian. Cambodian, Loatian, Thai.

8 posted on 08/13/2009 3:41:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

“What the hell kinda name is that? Moslime?”

I don’t know..a former border agent friend thinks it may be
far east countries such as Laos-Cambodia-Thailand-VN.

I found a facebook page with a similar name, and that seems to fit.


9 posted on 08/13/2009 3:44:57 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of D & R globalist power brokers? How 'bout HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY? It's a state of mind!)
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To: buccaneer81

Naw, he was one of the North Dakota Catholic Swedes !!!!! You betcha !!!!!


10 posted on 08/13/2009 3:45:06 PM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: AuntB

RLTW.


11 posted on 08/13/2009 3:46:49 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: buccaneer81

Ha Ha Ha, I shoulda figured as much


12 posted on 08/13/2009 3:47:02 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o)(o)
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To: ThreePuttinDude
Siriphone Sayarath

What the hell kinda name is that?

It sound like a venereal disease.

13 posted on 08/13/2009 3:47:18 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: ThreePuttinDude
Siriphone Sayarath


Looks Indonesian to me.
14 posted on 08/13/2009 3:49:00 PM PDT by Onerom99 (I)
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To: freedumb2003
Siriphone

The first thing I thought of was a Saxophone

15 posted on 08/13/2009 3:49:05 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o)(o)
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To: freedumb2003

I regret to inform you that you have [dramatic pause] Siriphone Sayarath!
*Dramatic chord, shocked gasps*


16 posted on 08/13/2009 3:50:37 PM PDT by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: AuntB

I think it is great when Army Rangers reproduce. Four kids. That is great stuff.


17 posted on 08/13/2009 3:50:37 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: AuntB
Siriphone Sayarath -


18 posted on 08/13/2009 3:51:46 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrat - The Party of Obama, Suzanne Kosmas, slavery and Jim Crow laws)
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To: AuntB

Ford Expedition vs. Kia Rio...Ha!


19 posted on 08/13/2009 3:54:11 PM PDT by Third Person (0bama is a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever.)
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To: buccaneer81
THAILAND??
20 posted on 08/13/2009 3:55:22 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: VeniVidiVici

He sure looks sober!


21 posted on 08/13/2009 3:55:50 PM PDT by Third Person (0bama is a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

SiriSTONEY! Hope he gets his life together...


22 posted on 08/13/2009 3:56:24 PM PDT by BossLady ("Obama: Who needs Astroturf When You Have Plants!")
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To: VeniVidiVici

Yes, I found that facebook photo, but wasn’t sure if it was the same guy.


23 posted on 08/13/2009 3:57:31 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of D & R globalist power brokers? How 'bout HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY? It's a state of mind!)
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To: AuntB

There’s a lot of “allegedly” goin’ on heah.


24 posted on 08/13/2009 4:00:40 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: 2harddrive

I would have had to rearrange his face a little before I drug him back to the scene of the accident........


25 posted on 08/13/2009 4:08:29 PM PDT by Ecliptic
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To: 2harddrive

Not in Fargo.

The Fargo Forum (formerly: “and Daily Republican”) is somewhere between moderate and conservative.

Fargoans will hail this guy. Media that is liberal will at best shut up.


26 posted on 08/13/2009 4:12:33 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (UPS and FEDEX are doing fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems. - 0bummer)
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To: AuntB

Wonderful news.


27 posted on 08/13/2009 4:45:39 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Darksheare

>>I regret to inform you that you have [dramatic pause] Siriphone Sayarath!
*Dramatic chord, shocked gasps*<<

Dr: “This is serious. We will have to get you to a hospital.”

Ms. HinnyHiney: “But what is it?”

Dr: “A big building with doctors, nurses and sick people. But that isn’t important right now...”


28 posted on 08/13/2009 4:50:45 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: AuntB

RANGER UP!

GOod for him


29 posted on 08/13/2009 6:23:40 PM PDT by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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