N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – A West Fargo man faces a number of charges after he attempted to strike a Highway Patrol vehicle, failed, hit the ditch and was arrested on December 20th in Barnes County.
According to the news release by the Highway Patrol, a trooper attempted to stop a 1999 Chevy Silverado for speeding around 12:17pm on Wednesday, December 20th.
The vehicle was traveling westbound on I-94 15 miles east of Jamestown. The Silverado fled from the trooper at speeds of 100 miles per hour before exiting I-94 at exit 272 and traveling north on a Barnes County gravel road. Shortly after, the Silverado came to a stop. As the trooper approached, the driver of the pickup fled again, crossing the railroad tracks and coming to a stop near an intersection. The trooper stopped his car and waited for back-up. Seconds later, the pickup accelerated backwards at a high rate of speed towards the patrol vehicle. The trooper evaded a collision by backing onto a nearby approach. The suspects Silverado slid into the ditch filled with snow and got stuck.
The driver 29 year-old Levi David Thene of West Fargo was arrested without further incident. Thene was charged with several counts including Felony Reckless Endangerment and Misdemeanor Fleeing a Police Officer, carrying a Concealed Weapon and Unlawful Display of License Plates. He is currently in custody at the Stutsman County Correctional Center.
The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.