Two injured after striking tree with car

Published 8:30 am Monday, May 21, 2018

A woman was cited after a hit-and-run accident that injured her and her passenger early Friday morning.

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, police received a call at 12:55 a.m. on Friday about a motor vehicle striking a tree in the 700 block of First Drive Northwest. Officers found a 2003 Audi A4 Quattro with heavy front-end damage and deployed airbags at the scene. They also observed a 1997 Mazda Portage legally parked several yards away that appeared to have been sideswiped.

Police conducted a search for the driver, but were initially unsuccessful, according to Krueger.

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At about 3:30 a.m., an officer was at the Mayo Clinic Health System emergency room when he learned that two women were being treated for contusions and scrapes. The officer asked one of the women, Arselia Briseno, 22, of Austin, if she would speak to him at the Mower County Law Enforcement Center, to which she agreed.

At the LEC, Briseno allegedly admitted she was driving, although the vehicle was registered to the passenger, Jessica Urusov, 24, of Austin, who was also at the hospital with Briseno. Briseno was administered a preliminary breath test and passed. She was cited for reckless driving, failure to provide traffic accident information and having no Minnesota driver’s license.

The Audi A4 Quattro is a total loss.