On Thursday, February 07, 2019, at 04:15 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car accident in the 4400 block of 360th Street (Hwy 18). Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Jason Fiene (43) of Emmetsburg, was driving his 2007 Chrysler Sebring west in the 4400 block of Hwy 18 when Fiene’s vehicle began losing traction on the icy roadway. Fiene braked and over correct his vehicle, slid sideways and entered the north ditch. The front end of Fiene’s vehicle entered the creek parallel to the roadway and came to rest. There is an estimated $3,500.00 damage to Fiene’s vehicle and there were no injuries reported in the accident. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Fiene with failure to maintain control, which is a simple misdemeanor.
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