After the suspect's vehicle was abandoned, it caught fire and was completely destroyed.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that a man led officers on a pursuit near Larimore that resulted in his arrest and the fiery destruction of the vehicle he was driving.
The vehicle, a white 1996 Chevrolet Camaro, was traveling 102 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone, according to NDHP.
A trooper attempted to stop the vehicle for the speeding violation and the driver fled. A high speed motor vehicle pursuit ensued and lasted approximately 14 minutes around the Larimore area. The westbound lanes of Hwy. 2 were shut down momentarily during the pursuit.
The fleeing motorist eventually entered an agricultural field off of Highway 2 northwest of Larimore, where the fleeing vehicle became stuck. The driver, James Edward Smith, Jr. of Devils Lake, then fled the vehicle on foot.
During the foot pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle caught fire and was completely burned. Troopers were able to apprehend Smith, Jr. shortly thereafter.
The Larimore Rural Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. No injuries in connection to the fire were reported.
Smith, Jr. is charged with speeding, reckless endangerment, driving under suspension, fleeing and resisting arrest.