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Forum staff reports, Published August 22 2012

Wanted man arrested after brief chase in Moorhead

MOORHEAD – Authorities apprehended a 25-year-old man with outstanding warrants for his arrest after a brief car chase this morning in Moorhead.

A Clay County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the car at 5:52 a.m. on Eighth Street South. The driver led the deputy on a chase through residential areas, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph, Deputy Mark Empting said.

The pursuit ended in the area of 1929 18th St. S. when the suspect tried to elude the deputy by driving through the yard of an apartment complex. The driver jumped out of the car while it was still moving, and it struck a fence and two other vehicles, Sheriff Bill Bergquist said.

The driver fled on foot but was quickly taken into custody by the deputy and a Moorhead police officer, Empting said.

The entire incident lasted about four minutes, and no one was injured, he said.

Michael Paul Cheney, who has no permanent address, was arrested on suspicion of fleeing a police officer and taken to the Clay County Jail.

Court records show Cheney has two warrants for his arrest in Cass County related to felony drug charges from September and October of 2009.

Two passengers who were in the car with Cheney aren’t expected to face charges, Empting said.

During the pursuit, the deputy saw something being tossed out of the car in the area of Eighth Street South and 24th Avenue, but authorities were unable to recover the item, Empting said.