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Grand Forks man held after high-speed chase, foot pursuit in Moorhead

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MOORHEAD - A Grand Forks man being held in the Clay County Jail is accused of leading officers from North Dakota and Minnesota on a vehicular chase that topped 100 mph at times and ended with him and a woman believed to be a passenger being caught shortly after while they were on foot Monday night, Feb. 5, near Moorhead High School, Moorhead police reported.

Dustin Desjarlais, 30, of Grand Forks was arrested on misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot and reckless driving, as well as a parole violation warrant out of North Dakota related to amphetamine and opium delivery.

Further charges may come from the North Dakota State Patrol.

Cassie Svedberg, 25, also of Grand Forks, is believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle. She was cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

According to a Moorhead police report:

About 9:45 p.m. Monday, Clay County law enforcement agencies were told of an active pursuit by the North Dakota Highway Patrol that was heading eastbound in Cass County toward 90th Avenue North in Moorhead.  

Moorhead Police officers tried to get into position as the pursuit continued east on 90th Avenue North in Minnesota and then turned south on Highway 75 North. As the pursuit continued south on Highway 75, a Moorhead officer deployed stop sticks near Seventh Avenue North to try to slow the vehicle down as it entered in town.

Speeds of the suspect vehicle were reported to be over 100 mph at times, though Moorhead police were not involved in the chase.

The suspect vehicle ran over the stops sticks which deflated one of the tires. However, the vehicle continued south and then turned west on Highway 10.

Officers lost sight of the suspect vehicle for a short time.

Moorhead police then received a phone call from a citizen in the 400 block of Maple Lane reporting a suspicious person running from a vehicle. Officers confirmed the vehicle to be the same one involved in the pursuit.

Clay County deputies, Dilworth police, and Minnesota State Patrol troopers helped Moorhead police set up a perimeter in the Morningside addition, near Moorhead High.  

Officers tracked footprints in the snow and received calls from residents of the area reporting two people running through the neighborhood.

Officers found Desjarlais running near Birch Lane and Willow Way and he was taken into custody without incident. Svedberg was also located near the same area, police reported.

Moorhead police are reminding everyone to ensure their safety by always locking the doors and windows at their home, including outbuildings, and to keep garage doors closed.