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Published July 27 2012

Teens could face charges after pursuit

FARGO – Three teenage boys could face criminal charges after being clocked going about 145 mph on Interstate 29 in Fargo and leading a state trooper on a pursuit, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said the trooper clocked the cars on I-29 near 13th Avenue South at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday and pursued them to the 12th Avenue North exit, where they turned east.

The cars shut off their headlights and continued east at about 90 mph, at which point the trooper discontinued the pursuit because he felt it was unsafe, Niewind said.

Despite the high rates of speed, the trooper was able to identify all three cars, Niewind said.

“A lot of normal passenger cars don’t travel that fast,” he said. “You have to have a pretty souped-up, special kind of car.”

Fargo police found one of the cars in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue North, and Moorhead police located the other two at 11th Street and Seventh Avenue North, near the historic Bergquist Pioneer Cabin.

All three drivers – ages 15, 16 and 17 – were identified, Niewind said. They could face charges of fleeing, reckless driving and reckless endangerment because of the high speeds, he said.

Moorhead police tracked down two of the drivers with the help of a K-9 unit, and they admitted to excessive speeding in North Dakota, Sgt. Steve Larsen said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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