High-Speed Chase Ends With Wreck
JAMESTOWN - Charges are pending against a 27-year-old Jamestown man, whom authorities say led law enforcement on a high-speed chase while throwing things from his pockets.
Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger reports that an officer with the Stutsman County Regional Task Force attempted to pull the suspect over around 9:30 Wednesday morning after observing him operating a motorcycle on Business Loop East near 13th Avenue. Edinger says the officer in the unmarked unit knew the man had a suspended Texas driver's license. When the officer activated his lights and attempted a traffic stop, the suspect attempted to flee by continuing on the Business Loop and entering Interstate 94 Westbound with two Jamestown Police units and Highway Patrol vehicles in pursuit.
The interstate chase, which began at Exit 257, proceeded west 36 miles to the Crystal Springs exit area, with speeds over 120 mph at times, according to Edinger. The police chief says that as the pursuit continued, the man was seen throwing objects out of his pockets.
The pursuit ended near the I-94 Crystal Springs' exit 221, when the suspect failed to negotiate a curve at high speed, crossed the median and lost control of the motorcycle as it hit the rumble strip on the eastbound lanes.
He was taken by air ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, with injuries to his arm, back, and leg. He was not wearing a helmet.
Officers of the Stutsman County Regional Task Force spent the balance of Wednesday conducting searches in the median and ditches along the interstate. Edinger says investigators will speak with the man about items found near Exit 257 and mile markers 232 and 228.
Jamestown Police, the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, the Kidder County Sheriff’s Office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit.
Formal charges are pending, the condition of the unidentified suspect is not known, and the investigation continues.