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Associated Press, Published March 24 2012

Patrol: Driver killed after fleeing traffic stop near Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a Minnesota man is dead after fleeing a trooper and crashing his pickup west of Bismarck.

The patrol tells the Bismarck Tribune that 36-year-old Paul J. Mertens, of Ramsey, Minn., died just after 9:30 p.m. Friday while being taken by ambulance to a Bismarck hospital.

The highway patrol says a driver called in the pickup after it nearly sideswiped the caller's vehicle on Interstate 94. The responding trooper pulled Mertens over just east of New Salem, but he fled and the trooper gave chase with speeds reaching 90 mph.

The patrol says the trooper backed off because of dusty road conditions, and the pickup was later found in Morton County after rolling several times. Mertens was ejected from the truck.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.