HORACE, N.D. — A 34-year-old man wanted for reckless endangerment and fleeing police is in custody after authorities say he led officers on a short, 100-foot chase near a trailer park just north of Horace on Thursday afternoon, July 11.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office said the chase started after officers attempted to arrest Jason Marinucci at his home near 64th Avenue South and Horseshoe Bend.
Officers approached Marinucci's home in unmarked police vehicles, but when they tried to make contact with him he got into his pickup truck and tried to flee the scene, according to authorities.
About 100 feet down the road from his home, Marinucci tried to back his truck up and got stuck in a ditch, at which point he got out of the vehicle and swam across the Sheyenne River, the Sheriff's Office said. He then attempted to hide in the tall grass by the river until authorities spotted and arrested him.
During the chase, Marinucci's truck hit an officer's car. Authorities said Marinucci had hit the same car two weeks before.
Marinucci was convicted of fleeing a police officer in 2014 in Moorhead and was wanted in Cass County for reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer in June 2019 and violating parole. On Thursday he was being held in Cass County Jail.