High-speed chase in Clay County ends in crash

The driver, who was initially pulled over for not wearing a seat belt and crossing over the center and fog lines, accelerated away from the traffic stop heading east on 90th Avenue in rural Clay County.

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CLAY COUNTY — A 30-year-old man from Henning, Minnesota, was taken to a Fargo hospital following a high-speed chase that started when police said he fled the scene of a traffic stop in rural Clay County on Monday, Oct. 31.

A Clay County deputy around 11:06 a.m. conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at 90th Avenue North and Second Street in rural Clay County, according a report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, who was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt and crossing over the center and fog lines, accelerated away from the traffic stop heading east on 90th Avenue, the report said.

The deputy initiated a pursuit of the driver, who reached speeds of 100 mph before turning south on U.S. Highway 75 from 90th Avenue, the report said.

The driver eventually encountered stop sticks in the area of U.S. Highway 75 and 28th Avenue North, which were set up by other deputies and Moorhead officers, the report said.


In an attempt to avoid the stop sticks, the driver veered into the ditch but lost control and rolled the vehicle, the report said.

As a result, the driver was trapped, and the Moorhead Fire Department was called for extraction. The man was then taken to a Fargo hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening and will be charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

The driver also had an open warrant for his arrest out of Cass County, North Dakota. The driver's identity was not release Monday afternoon.

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