2 arrested after high-speed chase in northwest ND
WATFORD CITY -- Two Washington state residents were arrested by McKenzie County sheriff's deputies on drug and fleeing charges Saturday afternoon after an approximately 40-mile pursuit high-speed chase through northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota.
Christopher Russell, 33, and April Lacey, 31, each face multiple charges after the pursuit that involved both Montana Highway Patrol troopers and McKenzie County Sheriff's Office deputies, according to a release.
Russell was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver with aggravating factors, a Class AA felony; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a Class C felony; fleeing a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor; driving under suspension, a Class B misdemeanor; and a bench warrant for his arrest from McKenzie County.
Lacey was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver with aggravating factors, a Class AA felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a Class C felony.
About 1:16 p.m. Saturday, authorities in McKenzie County were alerted to a high-speed pursuit entering North Dakota that had been initiated by the Montana Highway Patrol in Richland County when a red Honda Civic was observed speeding at 77 mph in a 25-mph zone.
The pursuit exceeded 100 mph and entered McKenzie County via North Dakota Highway 200 near Fairview, Mont.
As the pursuit entered North Dakota, Montana authorities requested assistance from the McKenzie County Sheriff's Office, whose deputies intercepted the pursuit as it traveled south on U.S. Highway 85 near Alexander. Other deputies ahead of the pursuit set up spike stripes near Arnegard. Prior to the Honda Civic reaching the area where the spikes had been set, the fleeing suspects stopped their vehicle and surrendered.
Russell and Lacey were taken into custody without incident. Both are being held without bond in the McKenzie and Williams county correction centers.