Police investigating high speed chase that caused multiple crashes in FargoFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several blocks of a quiet, south Fargo neighborhood turned into a dramatic crime scene today. Police say an out-of-control driver lead police on a high speed chase in a stolen car, caused multiple crashes, and then assaulted a police officer.
Several blocks of a quiet, south Fargo neighborhood turned into a dramatic crime scene today. Police say an out-of-control driver lead police on a high speed chase in a stolen car, caused multiple crashes, and then assaulted a police officer.
Police say before the crashes and assault, 21 year-old Curtis Harrington of Fargo was driving about 50-60 miles an hour through a school zone on 13th Avenue South. The speed limit there is only 25. Tonight he faces a long list of charges including assault on a police officer, possession of a stolen vehicle reckless endangerment and DUI..
Zack Tourangeau – Crash Victim: "It was scary - never been in a serious accident like that."
Zack Tourangeau was in the car with his finance, and son when he says he was hit by Harrington's speeding car.
Zack Tourangeau: “We’re just driving along and he blasts our front left fender. Sends us up over the driveways a couple curbs."
Police say Harrington was seen speeding around 10th Street, before crashing into this car, and then slamming into the back of Tourangeau and pushing it into a light pole.
Zack Tourangeau: "We were going to hit this tree right here, head on, but she directed us, we just grazed it, and it sent us back on the road."
Fargo Police Lieutenant Joel Vettel was driving behind the cars and witnessed the entire incident.
When Harrington's car became too damaged to drive Vettel walked up to him. That's when things turned violent.
Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: "I was treating it as a medical concern at that point, once I confronted him he attacked me, started throwing punches, and then at that point I took him to the ground."
An entire group of emergency responders fought to restrain Harrington before bringing him to Sanford, the same place where Tourangeau's son ended up...
Zack Tourangeau: "He was shaken up, but I think he's okay, just brought him in as a precaution."
The investigation is far from over. There are a lot of unanswered questions, like what caused the suspect to get out of control, and the extent of all the victim's injuries.