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Forum staff reports, Published May 05 2009

Taser used on Missouri man after high-speed chase

Authorities say they had to use a Taser to subdue an 18-year-old Gladstone, Mo., man who led them on a high-speed chase Monday morning that started south of Fargo and ended in a field near Grandin, N.D.

The incident began about 9 a.m. when a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull over a white Chevy SUV that was driving more than 110 mph on Interstate 29 about eight miles south of Fargo, patrol Sgt. Troy Hischer told WDAY Radio.

Tony Young Howard drove his SUV north through Fargo, driving on the right shoulder of the road to get around traffic. Hischer said he deployed stop sticks at 52nd Avenue South attempting to stop Howard, but the suspect veered into the median to avoid the tire-deflating devices.

About 30 miles north of Fargo, Howard turned east and drove through Grandin, the SUV going airborne at times, Hischer said.

Howard eventually drove into a field and got stuck. He initially ignored orders to exit his vehicle, and when he did walk over to troopers after about 20 minutes, he refused to follow their commands, throwing a punch at one trooper, Hischer said.

Troopers used a Taser and eventually restrained the suspect without injury, he said. He was arrested and jailed at Cass County Jail in Fargo.

Narcotics and alcohol were found in the SUV, Hischer said.