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Forum staff reports, Published January 07 2013

UPDATE: Clay County authorities release name of man found dead after police chase

FELTON, Minn. – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office identified on Monday a man who died, apparently from hypothermia, after fleeing on foot following a high-speed police chase early Saturday.

Sheriff Bill Bergquist identified the deceased man as Jordan Louis Oppegard, 24, of Mahnomen. Authorities believe Oppegard was the car’s driver, Bergquist said.

According to Bergquist and Sgt. Darin Bredman:

A driver on Clay County Road 108 who was being pursued by a sheriff’s deputy at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday lost control and rolled the car.

When the deputy arrived at the car, one man was inside and two separate sets of tracks in the snow were heading different directions.

Oppegard’s body was found shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday about two to three miles north of the crash scene.

The passenger who allegedly fled from the vehicle was identified as 23-year-old Clifford Dare Sargent Jr., while the other passenger who stayed with the vehicle was identified as 30-year-old Anthony Harrison Engebretson. Both are from Mahnomen.

Bergquist said Monday no decision had been made about seeking charges against one or both passengers.

Authorities also didn’t know why Oppegard fled the scene, and it’s unknown whether alcohol was a factor, Bergquist said.

Court records show a warrant for Oppegard’s arrest was issued on Oct. 29 in Hubbard County for a misdemeanor charge of possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle.