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Safety Tips During Police Pursuits

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Clay County deputies pulled over Ransi Thomas near Highway 52 and 40th Avenue South in Moorhead early Friday morning. Thomas drove off as the deputy tried to arrest him for a warrant. He was chased for about a half a mile but the deputy called off the chase after Thomas started going the wrong way on Interstate-94.

This pursuit is the second one this week, which begs the question; how often do police chases occur? Valley News Team's Ashley Bishop finds out and looks into what you should do if you find yourself in the way of a criminal on the run or police officer in pursuit.

The week started with the police chase on the Moorhead Golf Course and then Thursday night, another pursuit ending on foot near I-94. Two chases in one week have many asking how often do they happen?

"In the last year I would say four, we haven't had that many," says Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist.
 
In Fargo, there has been only one pursuit in the past year and the Cass County Sheriff's Office could not give an exact number but did say the amount is very low. So what should you do if you find yourself in the middle of a chase while driving?

"The squad car are normally behind the person they are pursuing, so when someone flies by they wouldn't know until that car is cleared," explains Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. "Again if you see red lights period pull over and stop."
 
The sheriff says drivers should remember to drive defensively and check their mirrors frequently.

"They say you would be looking in your rear view mirror every 5-10 seconds," says Sheriff Bergquist.

The sheriff recommends if you are outside and hear sirens, or see a pursuit, you should get out of the way and let officers respond. The suspect in Thursday night's chase, Ransi Thomas, was followed at a distance and later arrested. He is facing charges for running from police and possesion of a firearm.
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