Published November 13 2010
Man lands in jail after dip in Red River to elude copsA Belcourt, N.D., man with outstanding warrants for his arrest is accused of swimming across the Red River to elude Moorhead police and head-butting an officer after he was caught.
Lt. Tory Jacobson said police stopped a vehicle for running a red light around 2:40 a.m. Friday at Eighth Street and First Avenue North.
The vehicle’s passenger, identified as 26-year-old Lucas James St. Claire, allegedly gave police a false name and fled on foot. St. Claire has outstanding felony warrants in Cass County for burglary, aggravated assault and probation violation.
After he jumped in the river, officers tracked him with lights and tossed a floatation device to him before confronting him on the Fargo river bank, Jacobson said.
St. Claire allegedly resisted arrest, and police used a Taser on him. Once in handcuffs, he allegedly head-butted an officer, cutting the officer’s lip. The officer refused medical attention.
Jacobson said St. Claire continued to be uncooperative and resisted getting into the police car to go to jail, so officers sprayed him with pepper spray. He was taken to the Sanford Medical Center emergency room, where he was checked for hypothermia and treated and released.
Moorhead police are recommending felony charges against St. Claire.
The driver of the vehicle was cited for disobeying a traffic signal and driving after revocation.