HILLSBORO, N.D. — The man in jail for leading police on a high-speed chase across three counties this week has been arrested in the past for fleeing law enforcement.
Police had been searching for 38-year-old Thomas L. Hibpshman since Monday, May 13, after they say he took off from a traffic stop in East Grand Forks, Minn., for an expired vehicle registration.
Hibpshman then led police on a high-speed chase through the city of Grand Forks, south to Traill County and through a corn field near Mayville, according to law enforcement officials.
The vehicle got stuck trying to cross the Goose River on a washed-out low water crossing, and police say Hibpshman continued to flee on foot.
After a three-day manhunt across the northern Red River Valley, police apprehended Hibpshman Wednesday at a business in Portland, just west of Mayville. He is being held in the Traill County Jail on charges of fleeing an officer and reckless endangerment.
It's the second time time in less than two years Hibpshman has been arrested after attempting to evade police in rural areas between Fargo and Grand Forks.
Just a month ago, Hibpshman and a woman he was with tried to hide from Cass County sheriff's deputies in the frigid waters of a flooded drainage ditch about a mile southeast of Argusville. After being treated for signs of hypothermia at the hospital, he was taken to the Cass County Jail for a parole violation.
In 2017, a trooper tried to pull over Hibpshman after a report of a drive-off at a Hillsboro gas station. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Hibpshman fled onto gravel roads in Traill County before taking Interstate 29 into Cass County, at some points reaching speeds greater than 100 mph.
Troopers used tire-deflation devices to stop Hibpshman on a gravel road 2 miles west of Harwood, where they eventually boxed him in.
Hibpshman was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, fleeing law enforcement, driving with a suspended license and theft of fuel. He also had outstanding warrants, the patrol said.
In that incident, Hibpshman went to jail for a little more than a month.