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Emily Welker, Published April 24 2013

Fargo police arrest man who fled traffic stop, hid in Dakota Medical Foundation building

FARGO – A south Fargo business found itself the focus of a police chase Wednesday afternoon when a suspected domestic abuser was found hiding in its rafters.

It started about 12:50 p.m. when a Fargo officer was flagged down by a driver in the 3000 block of 42nd Street South who was honking her horn, said West Fargo Assistant Police Chief Mike Reitan.

As the officer completed a U-turn to pull in behind the signaling vehicle, a male passenger got out and began to walk away.

The woman told the officer the man, 24-year-old John Daye, was her boyfriend, and had hit her while the pair were at her West Fargo apartment. She told the officer that Daye then told her to drive him somewhere but didn’t tell her where.

After Daye got out of the car, he walked into the 28th Avenue entrance of the Dakota Medical Foundation at 42nd Street, Fargo police Sgt. George Vinson said.

Vinson said a K-9 officer found Daye hiding in the rafters of a mechanical room on a floor separate from Dakota Medical Foundation employees.

Deputy Chief Pat Claus said Daye has a warrant for driving under suspension out of Rolette County, N.D., and warrants for criminal mischief and simple assault out of West Fargo.

Daye is being held in the Cass County Jail on suspicion of preventing arrest and criminal trespass by Fargo police, and simple assault and felonious restraint by the West Fargo police. Police say he has no known address.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541