FARGO — Two Minnesota men are facing several charges after they switched drivers during a high-speed chase across state lines that resulted in injuries to one of the drivers.

The chase started north of Moorhead in Clay County about 4:20 p.m. when a deputy patrolling in the area of County Road 26 near 130th Street had his radar clocking a pickup at 97 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The vehicle stopped for the deputy but then the driver and a passenger switched seats and fled, said Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting.

This time the chase hit speeds of nearly 100 mph on County Road 26 when another deputy deployed stop sticks and the vehicle slowed to between 45 mph to 55 mph, Empting said.

Then, near U.S. Highway 75 and County Road 26, the vehicle pulled over and the original driver got out of the vehicle, was taken into custody and brought to the Clay County Jail. He was identified as Jerry Belgarde, 43, of Mahnomen.

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The same vehicle continued westbound on the county road and crossed the Red River, entering Cass County.

About 10 to 15 minutes later, Cass County deputies received a call about a vehicle crash northwest of Fargo near 19th Avenue North and County Road 17 by the West Fargo Airport.

There, Michele P. Perona, 32, of Moorhead had fled on foot into a nearby tree row after the crash and was found hiding.

He had suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital,

Belgarde faces charges in Clay County of driving under the influence, driving under suspension, no insurance and speeding at 97 mph in a 55 mph zone, Empting said.

Perona is facing charges of reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under revocation and leaving the scene of an accident in Cass County.

The case remains under investigation.