Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Driver dies in Wahpeton police chase

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
News Dickinson,North Dakota 58602 http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/sites/all/themes/thedickinsonpress_theme/images/social_default_image.png
The Dickinson Press
(701) 225-4205 customer support
Driver dies in Wahpeton police chase
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

WAHPETON — One man is dead and another hospitalized with serious injuries after allegedly leading police on a chase.

Officials from the Wahpeton Police Department said police were responding to a disorderly conduct restraining order violation at about 7:35 p.m. Monday when a responding officer about a block away saw a van with two men inside and approached it on foot.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The van took off, ignoring the officer’s command to stop, Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson said in a news release.

A second officer saw a van go west at the Seventh Avenue and Fourth Street South intersection, going through a stop sign at about 20 mph.

The officer tried to get the van to pull over, but it headed west to Sixth Street North, speeding away from the patrol car and ignoring its lights and sirens, Thorsteinson said.

In the 300 block of Sixth Street North, the van started to fishtail, left the roadway and hit a power pole, rolling and throwing both the driver and a male passenger out of the vehicle, the police chief said.

The pursuit lasted about six blocks and 30 to 40 seconds. The patrol car was traveling at about 40 mph, but it’s not known how fast the van was going, Thorsteinson said.

Both men were taken by ambulance to St. Francis Healthcare Campus, where the 29-year-old driver was pronounced dead. His name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

Advertisement
Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.
Advertisement
Advertisement