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Forum staff reports, Published January 11 2013

Man arrested after pursuit through Clay, Wilkin counties

MOORHEAD – A man with warrants out for his arrest in Cass County, N.D., was arrested early Friday after leading authorities on a roughly 30-mile chase down Interstate 94 through Minnesota’s Clay and Wilkin counties.

Clay County sheriff’s deputies began the pursuit at the Red River bridge and followed the white van into Wilkin County at speeds of up to 80 mph, Chief Deputy Matt Siiro said.

Wilkin County deputies deployed spike strips at several spots on I-94, wrecking the van’s tires, but the driver continued to flee, Siiro said, noting speeds toward the end of the pursuit had dropped to 8 to 14 mph.

A Wilkin County deputy slowed the van further by performing a pit maneuver, and a Clay County deputy pushed the van into the center median, ending the pursuit near the Highway 108 exit, according to Siiro and a news release from the Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured, he said.

Marc Stephen Singleton, 33, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault for swerving at a patrol car, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, DWI and not having a Minnesota driver’s license. He also faces charges in Wilkin County.

Singleton, whose address is listed in North Dakota court records as Maryville, Tenn., has a warrant for his arrest in Cass County for charges of property theft stemming from a Sept. 25 incident.

He pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Sept. 24 to misdemeanor simple assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 26 days suspended and three days of credit for time served, and 360 days of probation, court records show.