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Associated Press, Published October 30 2012

Suspect in pursuit arrested near Colfax

COLFAX, N.D. – The suspected driver in an Oct. 1 pursuit that started in Minnesota, went through North Dakota and ended in South Dakota was arrested last weekend near Colfax in rural Richland County.

According to a news release from Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky:

Michael Gene Johnson, 42, of Hankinson, was arrested Saturday on outstanding warrants stemming from the pursuit.

During the arrest, officers also seized a 2003 BMW that had been reported stolen from Canby, Minn., with plates reported stolen from Moorhead.

The Oct. 1 pursuit began when police in Breckenridge, Minn., tried to stop a vehicle believed to be stolen. The chase continued through Wahpeton into Richland County and eventually ended in Roberts County, S.D., with the stolen vehicle being recovered but the suspect still at large.

Saturday’s arrest was made by members of the Southeast Multi-County Drug Task Force and Richland County deputies acting on a tip about Johnson’s whereabouts. He was arrested at the rural Colfax residence without incident.

Johnson is charged in Richland County District Court with theft, fleeing police and reckless endangerment, all felonies. He could face further charges for possession of stolen property, Leshovsky stated in the release.

Johnson is being held in the Richland County Jail on $100,000 bond.