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Press Photo by Lisa Call Convict Darren Tornow, of Cuba, Mo., who appears on the left of the interactive television screen at the Stark County Courthouse, listens to Judge William Herauf, far left, during Tornow's extradition hearing Friday afternoon.

Convict's bail set at $50,000

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Bail for a Missouri convict who fled area law enforcement last week has been set at $50,000, and Friday afternoon he waived his extradition back to the south for outstanding warrants.

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After a reported attempted burglary June 12 in Dunn County, Darren Tornow, 43, of Cuba, Mo., who was living in Dickinson, led law enforcement on a high-speed chase driving west on Interstate 94 in a stolen Colorado vehicle.

Once he reached the South Heart exit, Tornow then led officers on a chase through area pastures, barreling through fences and crossing the interstate multiple times.

"He went north of the interstate through fields and then he turned south and drove across the interstate and fences again and was south of the interstate in fields and then turned around and went north through fences and the interstate again," said Sgt. Dan Haugen of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, according to a previous Press article.

After the vehicle Tornow was driving disabled itself in a field north of the interstate, Tornow exited the vehicle and took off running, said Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy on June 11.

Stark County Sheriff's Department deputies then apprehended Tornow.

Assistant Stark County State's Attorney Rhonda Ehlis said Tornow has been charged with possession of stolen property of a vehicle, possession of stolen property for a computer, criminal mischief -- all of which are Class C felonies -- driving with a suspended license, fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and speeding.

Tornow appeared over interactive television at Stark County Courthouse Friday afternoon and waived his extradition to Missouri, where he is wanted on warrants for forgery and burglary.

On May 19, a warrant was issued for Tornow's arrest for forgery and a second warrant was issued May 20 for second degree burglary, according to Greene County Sheriff's Office records and warrants department in Missouri.

Judge William Herauf said Tornow has probation violations in Missouri for burglary, forgery and receiving stolen property.

Ehlis said Tornow will face his local charges before being sent back to Missouri.

"It's easier for us to deal with our stuff first then he can go back to Missouri," Ehlis said.

It is unclear if Tornow's alleged attempted break-in in Dunn County will result in additional charges.

Ross Sundeen, Dunn County state's attorney, did not return a call for comment.

However, Missouri is not the only state Tornow has authorities investigating.

Sonny Jackson, public information officer for the Denver Police Department, said the Nissan NISMO Off-Road truck Tornow was driving was stolen during a burglary in north Denver on May 30.

"They broke in and in the process of breaking in they also took the keys and took a vehicle," Jackson said.

Until the incident is investigated further, it is unknown if Tornow was involved in the burglary.

"We don't know that this individual is the one who stole it, but he is in possession of stolen property," Jackson said. "If anything, at minimum, we would want to investigate him for theft by receiving."

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