High-speed chase that led to Moorhead I-94 crash under review

Speeds reportedly reached at least 120 mph. A driver and passenger were brought to a Fargo hospital after being thrown from the fleeing vehicle when it rolled near Exit 1B in Moorhead, officials said.

2 thrown from car during I-94 pursuit that topped 120 mph in Moorhead
Police examine the aftermath of a high-speed chase on I-94 that ended in Moorhead when the car being chased rolled.

MOORHEAD — A high-speed chase that began in North Dakota and ended with a crash in Minnesota that injured two people remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The incident began about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, when a Highway Patrol trooper clocked a car going 67 mph in a 55 mph zone on eastbound Interstate 94.

According to the Highway Patrol, the trooper attempted to catch up to the car, reaching a speed of about 120 mph.

However, the fleeing car was reportedly traveling faster than the pursuing cruiser and the trooper lost sight of the vehicle before abandoning the chase.

A short while later, a car was found to have rolled near interstate Exit 1B in Moorhead.


Police identified the vehicle's driver as Crystal Davis, 43, of Fargo, and a passenger in the car as Dyllan Peltier, 35, of Fargo.

According to the Highway Patrol, neither were wearing seatbelts and both were thrown from the car when it rolled.

The Highway Patrol said both Peltier and Davis were hurt in the crash, with Peltier suffering life-threatening injuries.

Both were taken to a Fargo hospital after the crash, authorities said. Condition reports were not available as of Monday.

Chases like the one that occurred Saturday typically result in an internal review and Saturday's incident will receive such a review, according to Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.

Niewind said the review, which has yet to be completed, typically looks at factors such as whether the chase violated any laws or policies and whether the training troopers receive is adequate to address such situations.

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