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Helmut Schmidt, Published June 29 2013

High-speed chase ends in ND when suspect rams car into sheriff’s vehicles

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A 24-year-old man is in custody after a crime spree that started late Friday in Fargo and ended with a high-speed chase Saturday from Casselton to Valley City in which the suspect rammed his car into two Barnes County Sheriff’s Department squad cars, a Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Larry Dean Jacobson Jr. is being held without bail in the Barnes County Correctional Facility, Patrol Sgt. Troy Hischer said.

A jail spokesman said Jacobson is from Fargo.

Fargo police got a call about 11:31 p.m. Friday about a domestic fight in the 100 block of Meadow Park Trailer Court, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Jacobson allegedly fled the scene at high speed when officers arrived, Vettel said. He is then suspected of damaging windows at a store in the 3500 block of 12th Avenue North, Vettel said.

Jacobson is also suspected of going to several other areas around Fargo and damaging property, and he was likely in Moorhead, too, Vettel said.

Jacobson also may have tried to hit a police car at Main Avenue and 16th Street South, Vettel said.

The highway chase started late Saturday morning, about 11:49.

A patrol trooper tried to stop a black 2006 Chrysler 300C as it traveled west on Interstate 94 at 110 mph, Hischer said.

The trooper began the chase west of Casselton. In the 30-mile pursuit, speeds hit 130 mph, Hischer said.

At mile post 294, just east of Valley City, a Valley City police officer put down spike strips and punctured the passenger-side tires of Jacobson’s car, the patrol reported.

Jacobson then allegedly crossed the median and fled east on I-94.

The pursuit ended when Hischer said Jacobson rammed two Barnes County squad cars on I-94 at mile post 296.

Jacobson was taken into custody at 12:20 p.m. by Barnes County deputies, the patrol reported.

Charges are pending in multiple jurisdictions, including Fargo and Cass County, Hischer said.

Initial Highway Patrol charges include fleeing and reckless endangerment, pending a review by the Cass and Barnes county state’s attorney offices.

No one was injured in the chase-ending crash, Hischer said.


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