Injuries reported in motorcycle, car crash

A North Branch man sustained severe injuries following a motor vehicle-motorcycle crash on July 15.

According to a press release from the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, July 15, at 8:42 a.m., Isanti County Communications Center received a report of a serious automobile accident in front of 8500 County Road 5 NE, North Branch Township.

Upon arrival, deputies found a car and motorcycle involved. The driver of the vehicle, Ardell Ring, was westbound and turned in front of an eastbound motorcycle. The motorcyclist, Keith Mielke of North Branch, was unable to avoid the vehicle and hit it, causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle and traveled approximately 40 feet before landing in the ditch.

Mielke has severe leg injuries and was airlifted to Regions Hospital. Ring was not injured and was cited for careless driving.