Fleeing suspect sideswipes Cass County squad car

WEST FARGO - A squad car from the Cass County Sheriff's Office was sideswiped during a high-speed chase that started here Monday night, March 12, the sheriff's office said.
A Cass County Sheriff's Office squad car was sideswiped and damaged during an attempted traffic stop Monday, March 12, 2018. Special to The Forum

WEST FARGO – A squad car from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was sideswiped during a high-speed chase that started here Monday night, March 12, the sheriff’s office said.

No one was injured and the suspect got away after sheriff’s deputies called off the chase near Buffalo, N.D., because of “dangerous driving conditions,” according to a Tuesday, March 13, news release.

However, the office said it has identified the suspect and has asked prosecutors to file felony charges that include two counts of reckless endangerment and one of fleeing in a motor vehicle.

Sgt. Tim Briggeman, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the investigation is ongoing and declined to name the suspect, who has not been arrested.

West Fargo police began the chase in city limits and the sheriff’s office joined in around 7:15 p.m., according to the news release. Deputies set up “Stop Sticks,” devices used to deflate tires, on County Road 11 about 7 miles north of Mapleton, N.D.

The suspect, attempting to swerve around the devices, struck the squad car and caused “significant damage.” The deputy assigned to the squad car was outside at the time.

As the suspect neared Buffalo, the chase was called off. Briggeman said it became too dangerous to continue on the gravel road with “sloppy” conditions. He said law enforcement also worried about going through an inhabited area.