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Forum staff reports, Published August 29 2012

Moorhead man arrested after motorcycle chase

MOORHEAD – A 23-year-old Moorhead man is in the Clay County Jail after allegedly leading police on a motorcycle chase that reached speeds of up to 70 mph Tuesday night.

According to a news release from the Moorhead Police Department:

A sergeant tried to stop the motorcycle for a minor traffic violation at about 10:42 p.m. The motorcyclist fled and tried to escape by driving around an apartment building.

The bike continued south out of city limits, and the officer slowed down as he lost sight of it.

Other officers saw the motorcycle coming back into Moorhead and tried to stop it but again lost sight of it. They later found the bike abandoned near 12th Avenue South and 14th Street.

An off-duty detective who had heard the description of the suspect found a person matching the description near Seventh Street and 24th Avenue South.

Patrick Wayne Sandland allegedly admitted to the detective that he was the person police were looking for.

Sandland was arrested on suspicion of felony fleeing a police officer and gross misdemeanor DUI. The motorcycle also is subject to forfeiture because it was used to flee police, the news release stated.