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Forum staff reports , Published January 30 2014

Man leads Fargo police on wild chase, collides four times with squad cars

FARGO – A man led police officers here on a chase Wednesday night that ended after four collisions with squad cars, city police said.

Roland Dorr, 38, was arrested on charges of aggravated reckless endangerment, preventing arrest, fleeing in a vehicle, driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a sobriety test.

About 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver near the Sunmart at Seventh Avenue and North University Drive, said Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel.

An officer spotted a car that matched the description given, approached it on foot and saw what appeared to be the driver physically assaulting a woman in the passenger seat. Before the officer could speak with the driver, later identified as Dorr, he drove off, the lieutenant said.

The car went the wrong way on University Drive, and police pursued it for a few blocks until the chase was stopped for safety reasons. Between 5 and 10 minutes later, police found the car in the Oak Grove neighborhood. Trying to outrun officers, the car collided twice with squad cars, Vettel said.

The pursuit continued into the Woodcrest area, where there were two more collisions with squad cars. The chase ended after the car hit a snowbank. Dorr was arrested without incident, Vettel said.

In all, the pursuit lasted about 20 minutes. The top speed was 45 mph, while for most of the chase, speeds ranged from 25 to 30 mph, Vettel said. No injuries were reported.

Dorr, who has no permanent address, was being held without bail Thursday at the Cass County Jail, awaiting his first court appearance.