Chase Ends in Arrest in Grand Forks


For the second time in two days, Grand Forks Police officers were involved in a pursuit in the City.

According to the Grand Forks Police Department, at approximately 3:08 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were called to Kohl’s on 32nd Avenue South for a shoplifting in progress. Prior to officers arriving, the suspect exited the store and left the parking lot in a vehicle.

Loss Prevention officials from Kohl’s were able to give a description of the individual and vehicle.

Officers responded and located a Gold Ford Ranger, the suspect vehicle. After activating their lights and siren, the suspect fled at moderate speeds, and the pursuit began southbound on Columbia Road, eastbound on 36th Avenue South and then north through a parking lot onto 32nd Avenue South, where it was terminated due to the time of day and amount of vehicle traffic.

Shortly after the chase ended, the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot near the 1900 block of 28th Avenue South, where officers observed the suspect, 35-year-old Grand Forks resident Deandre Francis, and took him into custody on charges of theft, reckless driving, fleeing in a motor vehicle and several outstanding warrants.

He was confined at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

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