MOORHEAD-- A deputy from the Clay County Sheriff's Office used a special maneuver to end a vehicle pursuit and arrest a suspect driver early Thursday morning.
According to Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting, the incident was first reported when someone placed a call to Red River Regional Dispatch to complain about a vehicle swerving on 90th Avenue North near its intersection with 70th Street. The call came in around 3:18 a.m. Thursday.
A deputy then spotted the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop.
The deputy continued to follow the suspect vehicle after it refused to stop and the pursuit continued on to Highway 10.
Empting said the suspect driver ended up driving eastbound in the westbound lane.
The deputy then performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver on the vehicle.
The maneuver involves forcing the suspect vehicle to turn suddenly by directing or hitting it.
In this instance, Empting said the suspect vehicle ended up in a ditch after the maneuver.
The deputy then arrested Seferino Villarreal, Jr., 39, of Moorhead.
Villarreal is being held at the Clay County Correctional Center for fleeing, 3rd Degree DUI, 2nd Degree Test Refusal, Driving After Cancellation as Inimical to Public Safety and Open Container.
Empting said the pursuit reached speeds of 85 miles per hour and there was no other traffic on the roadway when the pursuit took place.