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Forum Communications Co., Published April 23 2012

Fargo man arrested after high-speed chase demolishes police car near Langdon

A Fargo man was arrested Saturday night in Cavalier County after a high speed chase and a collision with a county sheriff’s patrol cruiser that ultimately ended when the suspect vehicle ended up in the water at Mount Carmel Dam.

The Cavalier County Sheriff’s Department identified the driver as James Strickland, Fargo.

According to the report, sheriff’s deputies responded to two calls at about 8:25 p.m. from rural Langdon residents who reported a suspicious person who was walking into their yards.

When police responded, the suspect fled in a vehicle.

The chase, which began about 1.5 miles south of Langdon along N.D. Highway 1, where the suspect vehicle allegedly rammed the rear of a patrol car. The chase proceeded through the city, then north of town, according to police.

The chase ended 24 miles later, when the suspect vehicle plunged into the reservoir at Mount Carmel Dam, about 12 miles north of Langdon, police said.

The sheriff’s deputy involved in the rear-end collision, Kevin Finnson, Langdon, N.D., was treated at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Saturday night and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The sheriff’s department vehicle was demolished.

Charges against Strickland were pending, as of this morning. Strickland, who was not injured, was being held at the Cavalier County Correctional Center in Langdon.

The sheriff’s department was assisted in the incident by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol, Cavalier County Search and Rescue, Langdon Fire Department and Langdon Ambulance.