UPDATE: Fargo man arrested following multiple chases, squad car rammings that injured deputy

Dustin Swiers
Dustin Douglas Swiers, aka Dustin Alexander Depiano

FARGO — A Fargo man was arrested early Monday, Feb. 25, following several chases involving a stolen car that ended with two Clay County Sheriff's Office vehicles being rammed.

According to statements released by the Clay County and Cass County Sheriff's Offices:

The incident began around 12:40 a.m. when the Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary at a rural West Fargo home in the 2100 block of 19th Ave. NW.

Before deputies arrived, a suspect fled the scene taking a vehicle belonging to the home's resident.

About 2:15 a.m., Clay County deputies spotted the vehicle and began a pursuit eastbound on Highway 10 to Highway 336, where the suspect vehicle turned southbound to Interstate 94 and from there westbound back into the city of Moorhead.


Deputies lost sight of the vehicle in Moorhead, but a short time later the vehicle was spotted again and another pursuit ensued.

That pursuit was also terminated when the suspect began driving in an unsafe manner on Eighth Street South.

A deputy later spotted the suspect vehicle enter the parking lot of an apartment building in the area of Brook Avenue and Fifth Street South in Moorhead.

As the deputy approached, the vehicle backed towards him at a high rate of speed ramming the patrol car on the passenger side.

The suspect vehicle then took off and encountered a second patrol vehicle, which it rammed head on, causing airbags to deploy.

The suspect vehicle then became stuck in a snowbank and deputies along with Moorhead police officers were able to take the driver into custody.

The suspect was identified by the Clay County Sheriff's Office as Dustin Douglas Swiers, 30, of West Fargo,who sometimes goes by the alias Dustin Alexander Depiano.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Swiers was being held in the Clay County Jail Monday morning pending possible charges in Clay County of felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, assault on an officer and criminal damage to property.


Swiers is also expected to face charges in Cass County.

A Clay County deputy who was involved in the first ramming incident was taken to a local hospital after the incident, was treated for the injuries and released.

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Dustin Alexander Depiano

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