Man treated for hypothermia after running from North Dakota Highway Patrol

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Jamestown, ND) -- A man is set to face charges after leading the North Dakota Highway Patrol and several other law enforcement groups on a chase Monday evening in Stutsman County.

Troopers say at approximately 7:21 pm they attempted to stop a motorist on I-94 near mile marker 265 for driving 98 in the 75 mph zone about five miles east of Jamestown. The driver then traveled north on County Road 62 toward Spiritwood, eventually crossing Stutsman County Road 40 and traveling north on 94th Ave SE, a gravel township roadway.

About 1⁄4 mile north of County Road 40, driver left the roadway and became stuck in a slough on the west side of the road. The 22 year-old male driver then fled on foot, entering the slough and swimming/wading across it, before hiding in the slough about a 1⁄4 mile west of 94th Ave SE. Two adult passengers, a 21-year-old female and 20-year-old male remained in the car and were detained by the pursuing officer.

Deputies from the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office and additional NDHP Troopers responded to the area, with both entering the slough, and after about 1 1⁄2 hours, located the suspect, who was rescued by several officers and was severely hypothermic. The suspect had to physically carried out of the slough by the officers and eventually was placed on an ATV to be driven to a waiting ambulance. It was about two hours after the suspect entered the water that he was placed into the care of EMS. The suspect was transported by Jamestown Ambulance to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center, then transferred to a hospital in Fargo.