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Highway Patrol seeks info on stolen minivan suspect

A car accident in Mandan was a result of speeding in an apparently stolen minivan. North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Jody Skogen is seeking any information on who the suspect may be. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report released Thurs...

A car accident in Mandan was a result of speeding in an apparently stolen minivan.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Jody Skogen is seeking any information on who the suspect may be.

According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report released Thursday, the minivan appears to have been stolen from a Bismarck residence sometime after 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 26.

According to the report, a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 1995 Mercury Villager traveling 64 in a 40 miles per hour zone. The driver of the van failed to yield to the emergency vehicle and attempted to elude the trooper by continuing to travel at a high rate of speed.

The trooper initiated a pursuit, while the suspect continued to drive at a high rate of speed and making abrupt turns for approximately two minutes in an attempt to elude the trooper.

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As a result of these actions, the suspect's vehicle slid out of control near Third Avenue Southeast in Mandan, before striking a fire hydrant and coming to a complete stop upon striking a residential deck.

The suspect fled from the crash scene on foot and has yet to be identified, leading the Highway Patrol to determine the suspect had no injuries.

The Highway Patrol is asking for any information on who the suspect might be. If people have any information, they are asked to contact Skogen at (701) 527-4684.

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