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Brittany Lawonn, Published May 08 2009

Bail set at $50K cash or bond in high-speed chase case

FARGO - Bail has been set at $50,000 cash or bond for a Missouri man involved in a high speed chase Monday morning that started south of Fargo and ended in a field near Grandin, N.D.

Tony Young Howard is facing felony reckless endangerment and attempted assault on a peace officer charges as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle and driving under the influence. Young also was cited for going 91 in a 75-mile-per-hour zone, Cass County District Court records show.

Authorities said they had to use a Taser to subdue the 18-year-old Gladstone, Mo., man. 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 said.

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 him, but Howard 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 Howard without injury, he said. Narcotics and alcohol were found in the SUV, Hischer said.

Howard is being held in the Cass County Jail and has waived extradition to Missouri. His next court date is June 4.