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Police pursue man across river

A Friday evening swim turned out to be a bad idea for a Breckenridge, Minn., man. Fargo police said an officer patrolling near Hawthorne Elementary School stopped a car about 7:30 p.m. after seeing the driver squeal his tires. The three occupants...

A Friday evening swim turned out to be a bad idea for a Breckenridge, Minn., man.

Fargo police said an officer patrolling near Hawthorne Elementary School stopped a car about 7:30 p.m. after seeing the driver squeal his tires. The three occupants fled, with the officer pursuing the driver on foot toward the Red River.

The man dove into the river and started to swim across, but turned back after spotting Moorhead officers on the opposite side. He returned to the Fargo side, where he was arrested.

Police identified the man as Saul Grado, 21, of Breckenridge. He was arrested for driving under suspension, resisting a public officer, exhibition driving and open container.

Police also located Grado's two passengers with the help of neighborhood residents, who called dispatchers with updates on the pair's location. One, an 18-year-old male from Breckenridge, was released. The other, a 15-year-old male, is being held until he can be released to his parents.

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The incident remains under investigation and other charges are possible, police said.

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