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Published November 30 2012

Authorities seeking hit-and-run suspect who eluded police twice

DILWORTH – Police here are searching for a driver who allegedly crashed into a vehicle at a Fargo bar and then fled on foot from a traffic stop early Friday in Dilworth.

Fargo police were called at 1:43 a.m. to a disturbance at The Hub. Bar staff identified the driver of a car as a potential suspect in the disturbance, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

An officer approached the car from the front and indicated he needed to talk to the driver, who then put the car in reverse and accelerated at a high rate of speed, Vettel said.

In the process of trying to turn the car around while driving in reverse, the driver hit one vehicle and nearly struck several pedestrians, Vettel said.

The driver sped out of the parking lot, and police sent out a description of the car, Vettel said.

A Dilworth officer stopped the vehicle for a broken taillight at 1:56 a.m. at Clay County Highway 9 and First Avenue Northwest and noticed that the vehicle also had passenger-side damage, Police Chief Josh Ebert said.

The officer identified the driver and ordered him out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests, at which point the driver took off running, Ebert said. The man got away after a three-block chase.

Ebert said the driver faces potential charges of fleeing, DUI, driving after revocation and marijuana possession. He also had prior warrants out for his arrest, Ebert said.

Authorities weren’t releasing the name of suspect Friday, but Ebert said that police may publicly identify him at some point to seek the public’s help in finding him.

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