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Forum Communications, Published November 21 2012

Police chase spurs lockdown of Dickinson schools

DICKINSON, N.D. - Police advised Dickinson Public Schools and Dickinson Catholic schools on Wednesday to go on soft lockdown following a chase that originated in Dunn County.

The pursuit started north of the county line when a routine traffic stop turned into a chase.

As of 2 p.m. the suspect was not found, but is not believed to be a danger to the public.

Dunn County Sheriff Don Rockvoy said one of his deputies pulled someone over, who then took off south for the county line.

The vehicle, which was believed to be stolen, was abandoned near the 500 block of Fifth Avenue West. The suspect got out on foot, police Capt. Joe Cianni said.

Officials didn't want the suspect seeking refuge in a school, so they advised them to lock down.

Dickinson Catholic Schools are in a soft lockdown based on information provided by state and local officials, Superintendent Kelly Koppinger said.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office was called to assist North Dakota Highway Patrol and Dickinson police, Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said. They weren't notified of the chase until the individual was in city limits.