High Speed 20-Mile Chase Through MN/ND
by Vanessa Peng, KVRR Reporter
July 27, 2012
North Dakota Authorities say they need your help finding a man who stole a car and led the Highway patrol on a 20 mile chase with speeds upwards of 145 miles per hour.
“It’s not something that we like doing, but we know that there are individuals out there that will run from us, ” said Sgt. Troy Hischer, of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The 2010 black Camaro is damaged with mud streaks and stains from a car chase with speeds clocking in at 147 miles per hour.
"It’s extremely dangerous, " said Hischer.
The car was stolen Monday night from Gateway Chevrolet in Fargo.
The male driver led Hischer on a high speed chase just after 3 PM Thursday afternoon.
"It started on the Minnesota side, somewhere in Otter Tail County and it preceded through Clay County, " Hischer said.
Then, the driver crossed state lines into North Dakota on County Road 22 until it splits into County Road 17.
"East of Harwood, North Dakota is where I picked up this car and he immediately fled from me, " said Hischer.
He went eastbound through West Fargo onto 12th Avenue North.
That's when Hischer gave up the chase.
"I discontinued the pursuit just because of the possible pedestrian traffic and other traffic. It was just too hazardous to chase him."
Hischer says when he pursues a suspect his biggest and first concern is safety.
"We try not to chase on the city streets. We do try to avoid that and weigh the time of day. It was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, there was lots of people around."
The driver eventually got away after fleeing the scene on foot at 1704 Dakota Drive near NDSU.
"It's not about the car and how fast the car goes. It's about whose hands it's in."
The patrol is not releasing any information about the suspect but says he put dozens of people's lives in danger.
No arrests have been made.