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Forum staff reports, Published October 30 2012

Hillsboro 18-year-old arrested in connection with police chase into SD

WAHPETON, N.D. – An 18-year-old Hillsboro man is in jail after he allegedly led authorities on a chase through Richland County and eluded them by fleeing into South Dakota, only to be arrested several hours later when he returned to Wahpeton.

The chase began when a Richland County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a reported reckless driver in a black pickup truck at about 9 p.m. Sunday on State Highway 13 west of Wahpeton.

The driver of the pickup led the deputy on a pursuit on county and township roads at speeds nearing 80 mph, Sheriff Larry Leshovsky stated in a news release.

The chase was called off when the suspect drove into South Dakota near Dakota Magic Casino.

Several hours later, Wahpeton police spotted the suspect’s vehicle at a gas station in the city and arrested the driver, Derek Paulsrud, on suspicion of fleeing law enforcement.

Paulsrud was taken to the Richland County Jail.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol also assisted in the incident.