June 16 – STARK COUNTY, ND – Three young men are in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase over 60 miles on Interstate 94. The minors allegedly stole the vehicle in order to flee Home on the Tidy .
The miners were arrested by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office after the conclusion of the high-speed chase Thursday afternoon, which ended with the deployment of Stinger road spikes.
The pursuit was led by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, according to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase began when a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer spotted the vehicle on I-94 in Golden Valley County. North Dakota Highway Patrol pursued the vehicle in Billings and Stark counties, where respective deputies participated in the pursuit. Due to the high speed rates, reported at over 130 miles per hour, a pursuit response technique maneuver was deemed unsafe and instead the Stark County Sheriff’s Office deployed Stinger Road Spikes just west of the town limits of Dickinson.
According to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, the successful maneuver caused the suspects’ vehicle to veer off the roadway and roll over into the center median ditch. The minors were taken into custody by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and transported for medical evaluation at CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson.
“They didn’t appear to have any serious injuries,” Lt. Eldon Meher said.
The juveniles resided at Home on the Range, a therapeutic ranch located in western North Dakota. The facility provides education, therapy, spiritual counseling and recreational/work activities for troubled youth.
The incident is still under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, which will determine if and what charges are brought against the three suspects.
Meher wanted to thank the other agencies involved, including the North Dakota Game & Fish and the Southwest Narcotics Task Force.