JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown Police Department was involved in a high speed pursuit Saturday afternoon and are currently seeking the passenger after fleeing from officers.
Major Justin Blinsky reports that an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near Highway 20 when he recognized a passenger as having active felony warrants for his arrest.
“The vehicle failed to stop and proceeded to Highway 20 where it sped away from officers,” Major Blinsky stated. “The vehicle proceeded to flee from police into rural Stutsman County, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.”
Just before 2 PM, the vehicle came to a stop in rural Spiritwood. The driver was immediately taken into custody, but the passenger fled into a corn field bordering the roadway.
The driver has been identified as 40 year-old Chad Lee Kapp of Jamestown. He was arrested on suspicion of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, hindering law enforcement, and reckless endangerment.
“Searches were conducted to find the fleeing passenger. The NDHP dispatched their agency plan for aerial surveillance of the area. The land owner was notified and voluntarily provided additional assistance by allow Law Enforcement to use Crop Sprayers to drive through his corn field for an elevated vantage point and limit damage to his crop.”
The passenger was identified as 25 year-old Levi Shawn Guthmiller of Jamestown. He has not yet been located. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department or Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office at 701-252-1000.
The incident remains under investigation.
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