Authorities seek man who beat on deputy on I-94, fled in his vehicle

 

BISMARCK -- The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 47-year-old Lonnie Howard of Bismarck who reportedly assaulted a deputy on Saturday, April 14,  during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 94 that escalated and ended with the suspect fleeing the scene.

During the traffic stop about 11 a.m. Saturday in the westbound lane of Interstate 94 in Bismarck, a driver provided a deputy with a false name and date of birth, said Chief Deputy Kelly Leben. The deputy asked the driver to get out of the vehicle and attempted to detain him until the man could be positively identified. A physical altercation began with the driver striking the deputy multiple times in the chest with his fist, Leben said. A citizen pulled over to assist the deputy, but the driver got back to his vehicle.

The driver rammed the citizen’s vehicle, crossed the median and went up the interstate entrance ramp the wrong way, fleeing into Bismarck, Leben said.

Deputies pursued the driver but lost sight of him, Leben said.  His vehicle was found, but officers haven’t yet found the man as of Monday. Howard is wanted on three unrelated warrants by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and North Dakota Parole and Probation, Leben said.

The deputy suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.