Grand Forks Man Arrested After Chase In Moorhead

Around 9:45 p.m., Clay County authorities were notified that a pursuit started by the North Dakota Highway Patrol was in Cass County and heading towards Moorhead.

Moorhead, MN (KFGO) – With the help of citizens, a Grand Forks man was arrested after a chase that started in North Dakota ended in Moorhead, Minnesota Monday night.

Around 9:45 p.m., Clay County authorities were notified that a pursuit started by the North Dakota Highway Patrol was in Cass County and heading towards Moorhead.

Moorhead Sgt. Thad Stafford says officers located the vehicle, which was headed south on Highway 75, and were able to set up stop sticks. One tire was deflated but the vehicle kept going and officers lost track of it. Soon, however, a citizen called authorities saying a car was parked in the road with two people running.

Law enforcement, including Clay County deputies, Dilworth police officers and Minnesota State Patrol troopers, set up a perimeter in the Morningside neighborhood. Sgt. Stafford says with the help of citizens, and shoe prints in the snow, they were able to locate the suspects.

Sgt. Stafford says the help from citizens “was huge for us. It’s quite a big neighborhood, a lot of fences and backyards they were running through. So, the information they provided was crucial for us in [being] able to locate where they were ate and take them into custody.”

Thirty-year-old Dustin Desjarlais was taken to the Clay County Jail and is facing charges of fleeing on foot, reckless driving and a parole violation warrant out of North Dakota. A 25-year-old Grand Forks woman was cited at the scene for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

Desjarlais was initially being pursued by the NDHP for failing to stop for a traffic stop for erratic speeding.

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