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Published July 27, 2012, 11:59 AM

Man steals Camaro, leads police on 130 mph chase

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Police are tonight, still searching for a man they say led law enforcement on a high speed chase through two states overnight.

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Police are tonight, still searching for a man they say led law enforcement on a high speed chase through two states overnight.

It was one of two high speed chases that saw speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour and involved multiple agencies yesterday.

One of those high speed chases ended right here on 17th Street and Dakota Drive.

Officials believe the man fled the vehicle on foot and they were unable to track him down.

That car is believed to be a stolen 2010 Chevy Camaro that was taken from Gateway Chevrolet on Monday.

Sgt. Troy Hischer, ND State Patrol: “If a thief wants this car, he's going to get it, and he's not going to drive it like a normal person.”

Sargent Troy Hischer of the North Dakota State Patrol says the chase started near Fergus Falls, then proceeded north of Moorhead. Sargent Hischer was waiting for the vehicle when it crossed the Red River on County Road 22 near Harwood around 2:15 in the afternoon.

Sgt Hischer: “And as soon as he realizes that, he's gone.”

Sargent Hischer chased the Camaro at speeds that often reached between 130 and 135 miles per hour. The two continued south along Country Road 17, then eastbound on 12th Avenue North. Sargent Hischer stopped pursuit after the suspect ran over construction barrels and barricades on 12th Avenue.

Sgt. Hischer: “I knew he was heading towards NDSU or that direction and with the increased foot traffic, there's no way it was worth the risk.”

The Camaro had been altered with several stickers, darker tint and a false license plate. The vehicle also suffered extensive cosmetic damage while barreling through the construction zone.

Eight hours later, the North Dakota State patrol was led on another high-speed chase when a trooper clocked three vehicles traveling 145 miles per hour northbound on Interstate 29 in Fargo.

Those vehicles also went eastbound on 12th Avenue North before turning their lights off and losing law enforcement. But not for long.

Three juveniles, ages 15, 16 and 17 were later taken into custody after Moorhead Police spotted the vehicles only blocks from the police station.

And for the North Dakota State Patrol, it's not a question of if they'll find the other speeder, but when.

Sgt. Hischer: “He can look over his shoulder for a couple days, but we'll get him.”

It will be up to the state's attorney as to whether the minors will be turned over to juvenile court or prosecuted as adults.

Right now, police are not releasing a description of the man in the stolen Camaro, but if anyone knows anything, they're encouraged to call the Fargo Police Department.

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