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Forum staff reports, Published September 10 2012

Two men being held after chase in West Fargo

WEST FARGO – West Fargo police were holding two men this afternoon following a late-morning car chase that resulted in the suspect vehicle crashing into a cement truck.

It was discovered after the crash that one of the men involved was a convicted moderate-risk sex offender wanted by Fargo police for failure to register his current address.

According to West Fargo police:

About 11:44 a.m. today, officer Jason Balvik attempted a traffic stop on a car suspected of being involved in a hit and run crash and failure to display registration.

The car sped away and went through a stop sign on Seventh Avenue East at Seventeenth Street.

The officer followed the suspect car to Meadowridge Court, where the suspect driver backed his car into the patrol vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles. The suspect then drove away with the officer following.

The officer continued to follow the suspect car until other officers took over the pursuit. Balvik suffered minor injuries as the result of the crash and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

The chase ended when the suspect vehicle sideswiped a truck and struck a cement truck in a construction zone.

The driver and passenger of the suspect vehicle had to be extricated from the car and both were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver, John Klebe, 29, of Fargo, who was treated and released, was arrested on a charge of aggravated reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His passenger, identified by West Fargo police as Ellric Giroux II, 34, Fargo, received minor injuries.

Fargo police said Giroux has an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to register as a sexual offender.

Giroux was convicted in 1998 of gross sexual imposition in Richland County. His victim was a female acquaintance under the age of 15, according to Fargo police.