Minor injuries after Starbuck officer collides with motorcycle during attempted U-turn

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STARBUCK — A motorcyclist suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital following a collision with a Starbuck Police Department officer's vehicle around 7:27 p.m. July 4 on South Main Street, according to a Pope County Sheriff’s Office news release.

According to the release, Starbuck Police Officer Ryan Franks, 28, was traveling southbound on South Main Street when he witnessed a traffic violation from a vehicle driving northbound on the same road.

The news release states that Franks pulled to the right side of the road and attempted to make a U-turn with his emergency lights activated to pursue the vehicle.

As Franks was attempting to make a U-turn, he collided with a motorcycle driven by Dale Uhden, 60, of Alexandria, who was driving southbound on South Main Street.

Uhden suffered minor injuries, was treated at a local hospital and was released the same day.


Franks was not injured.

The case is under investigation by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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