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Pursuit suspect found in slough transferred to Fargo hospital

The driver abandoned his vehicle and fled into a slough, becoming hypothermic.

JSSP Stutsman County News
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JAMESTOWN — A 22-year-old man was transferred to a Fargo hospital on Monday, March 21, after he became severely hypothermic after abandoning his vehicle during a pursuit and entering a slough near Jamestown, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

The patrol said a NDHP trooper attempted to stop the driver of a Chevrolet Cruze on Interstate 94 at about 7:20 p.m. Monday about 5 miles east of Jamestown near mile marker 265 for traveling 98 mph in a 75 mph zone. The patrol said the vehicle fled from the traffic stop, eventually taking Exit 269 and traveling north on Stutsman County Road 62 toward Spiritwood.

The Chevrolet eventually crossed Stutsman County Road 40 and traveled north on 94th Avenue Southeast, a gravel township road. About one-quarter mile north of Stutsman County Road 40, the Chevrolet left the roadway and became stuck in a slough on the west side of the road.

The 22-year-old male driver fled on foot, entering the slough and swimming/wading across it, before hiding in the slough about a quarter-mile west of 94th Avenue Southeast, the patrol said. Two adult passengers, a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, remained in the Chevrolet and were detained by the pursuing officer.

Deputies from the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office and additional NDHP troopers responded to the area. Officers from both agencies entered the slough, and located the suspect after about 1 ½ hours. The suspect was rescued by several officers and was severely hypothermic, the patrol said. The male suspect had to be physically carried out of the slough by the officers and eventually was placed on an ATV to be driven to a waiting ambulance. It was about two hours after the suspect entered the water that he was placed into the care of emergency medics, the patrol said.

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The suspect was transported by Jamestown Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center and then transferred to a hospital in Fargo.

The suspect has not been charged at this time. The incident remains under investigation and charges will be forthcoming, the patrol said. The suspect will be named when charges are filed.

The patrol was assisted by the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Rural Fire Department, Stutsman County Emergency Management and Jamestown Ambulance. A private citizen's ATV was used to assist in the rescue.

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