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Forum Communications, Published September 18 2012

Man arrested after high-speed chase in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks police arrested a man Monday evening in the Purpur Arena parking lot after a nearly half-hour vehicle chase that circled much of Grand Forks, with the driver reaching speeds of 80 mph, police said.

Johannes Nielsen, 24, Grand Forks, was charged with numerous violations, including driving under suspension, no liability insurance and reckless driving, according to police.

According to Grand Forks Police Sgt. Doug Wright, the chase started just before 11 p.m. Wright said the suspect, driving a dark-colored Chevy pickup, circled Grand Forks, taking officers on a high-speed chase on the city’s busiest streets. At one point, police said, the driver was heading north on Washington in the southbound lane.

The driver finally was stopped when police put a strip of spikes at the intersection of 42nd Street and DeMers Avenue. The driver continued eastbound on DeMers before stopping at Purpur Arena.