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Published July 07, 2011, 09:25 PM

Drayton, ND, Man Arrested After Chase in Stolen Vehicle in GF and EGF

A Drayton, ND, man was arrested Thursday evening in East Grand Forks after leading officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle, reaching speeds of near 60 mph at one point.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

A Drayton, ND, man was arrested Thursday evening in East Grand Forks after leading officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle, reaching speeds of near 60 mph at one point.

Police say 42-year-old Shawn Bjerke was arrested near the VFW at Fourth St. NW and DeMers in East Grand Forks after being spotted in Grand Forks in the stolen 1994 Oldsmobile.

The car had been reported stolen at 7:22 p.m. from the M&H gas station.

Sargeant Kevin Kallinen with the Grand Forks Police Department spotted Bjerke driving in the 200 block of Demers Avenue at about 7:34 p.m. and attempted to stop him.

Bjerke wouldn't pull over, and drove around a few blocks before heading back to Demers Avenue and speeding up, reaching about 60 mph as he drove on the Sorlie Bridge heading into East Grand Forks, Kallinen estimated.

Bjerke was met with traffic and slowed down, driving into the VFW parking lot and surrendering to police. Witnesses said about six squad cars responded to the parking lot.

Bjerke was charged with fleeing police, possession of a concealed weapon and driving under revocation. More charges are likely from the East Grand Forks Police Department, but Bjerke had not been charged as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

Bjerke was in possession of brass knuckles and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.

Kallinen said no vehicles were damaged in the chase and no one was injured. The stolen vehicle has since been returned to the owner.

More information is expected to be released later Thursday night or early Friday. Check WDAZ.com for more.

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