Northeastern North Dakota Suspects Apprehended, Facing Charges


A pair who was on the run from authorities in northeastern North Dakota was caught late Fridayafternoon, the Pembina County Sheriff’s Office says.

Ryan John Schaf and Kayla Lynn Ramsrud are both being held at the Pembina County Jail.

According to court documents, Schaf faces three Class C felonies—possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing a police officer – driver of the vehicle and reckless endangerment. He also faces a Class B misdemeanor for refusal to halt.

Ramsrud faces a Class C felony charge of criminal conspiracy, and a Class A misdemeanor of hindering law enforcement.

The statement of probable cause says a Pembina County Sheriff’s Deputy was in an marked patrol vehicle on July 23, when he came across a 2001 Ford pickup, matching the description of a stolen vehicle out of Nash, in Walsh County.

That’s when the pursuit began.

Schaf, the driver of the vehicle, led authorities on a high speed chase with Ramsrud, his passenger. Court documents say Schaf disregarded several stop signs throughout the chase, and that speeds reached nearly 100 miles per hour on gravel roads. He also recklessly crossed a pair of intersections, not stopping and traveling at approximately 90 miles per hour.

The pursuit came to an end in Cavalier County, where both Schaf and Ramsrud fled on foot.

Both Schaf and Ramsrud were placed under arrest on Saturday afternoon, shortly after 1 p.m.

Schaf admitted to authorities that the vehicle was stolen on July 22.

Ramsrud intentionally delayed and prevented Schaf’s arrest, documents say. She harbored him in a relative’s house, and did not report him to authorities.