A Grand Forks laundromat suffered significant damage after police say an unlicensed driver drove an SUV through the front of the building Tuesday evening, Oct. 8.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m., police received a report that a vehicle crashed into Bubble Laundry Co., 1401 12th Ave. S., and stopped partly inside the building, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department.
When officers arrived on scene, they found a black 2007 Dodge Durango driven by Aurelie Mokambe, 37, of Grand Forks, drove through the front of the business. Police said Mokambe was cited for care required and unqualified operator.
Sgt. Andrew Stein with Grand Forks police said Mokambe had a permit to drive but did not have a license. She told police that she had pressed on the gas pedal when she believed it was the brake. Police said in the news release that it does not appear that speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.
A mother and young boy suffered minor injuries in the crash and were treated at the scene, according to police.
John Betterman was doing laundry Tuesday evening; he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and watched a woman get into an SUV. Moments later, the vehicle crashed through the front window.
"Next thing I know, she comes straight through," he said, noting how surprising it was to watch the incident happen. "I don't know how she could have made the mistake to do it. It just doesn't add up."
Patrons were still doing laundry when the crash happened. Dryers could be seen spinning on the north side of the building while emergency crews were assessing the damage. The entire front window was broken in the crash.
Police said the crash caused "significant damage.”
The laundromat remains open.
The Grand Forks Police Department asks anyone with more information about the crash to call them at 701-787-8000.