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Forum staff reports, Published April 05 2013

Mandan man arrested after short police chase

FARGO – Police allege a Mandan man had three times more alcohol in his system than the legal limit to drive when he led police on a chase that spanned both Interstate 94 and Interstate 29 on Thursday night.

The man refused to stop for a trooper pulling him over for speeding on I-94 shortly after 9:30 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint filed Friday in Cass County District Court, North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Buehre was heading east on I-94 when he saw a green Mercury Sable quickly coming up behind him. The driver passed the trooper and headed south on I-29 with Buehre in pursuit.

Other troopers and a sheriff’s deputy joined the chase before the car was stopped. Spike boards were deployed near the Horace exit, deflating the car’s tires, court records said.

According to court documents, the car was weaving, crossing the center and fog lines during the entire pursuit. The driver, 40-year-old Christian Martineson, of Mandan, was arrested for DUI, fleeing and driving under suspension and taken to the Cass County Jail.

Troopers say they found open containers of alcohol in the car. According to a field sobriety test, Martineson had a blood alcohol content of 0.244 percent.

According to the complaint, Martineson told Buehre, “I’m pretty sure I’m drunk. I ain’t going to lie to you, sir.”