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UDPATE: Clay County releases more information on pursuit

The man has been identified as 32-year old Michele P. Perona
County Road 17
County Road 17(kvly)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 7:48 PM CDT
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CASS COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: Clay County released more information in a press release about the incident.

The other man has been identified as 43-year old Jerry Belgarde.

According to the deputy’s radar, Belgarde was being pulled over for going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone.

During the stop, Belgarde and Perona switched seats.

Eventually, Perona pulled over and Belgarde got out.

He was then arrested.

Belgarde was arrested for Misdemeanor 4th Degree DUI, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance on Motor Vehicle, and Speeding.

-------- ORIGINAL STORY ----------

At around 4:30 this afternoon, Cass County responded to a pursuit Clay County stopped when the driver came into North Dakota.

Cass County deputies were going to the last known location of the vehicle when they were alerted of a crash at 19th Ave N and County Rd 17.

The driver, 32-year old Michele P. Perona, fled into some trees nearby.

Deputies located him and took him into custody.

Clay County told a reporter at the scene the Perona was originally the passenger when the vehicle was first stopped.

After officers disabled the car, the original driver came out.

Deputies arrested him shortly after.

We’re told Perona then took off in the car.

Perona was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries he got in the crash.

He was arrested in North Dakota for a DUI, Reckless Endangerment, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Driving Under Revocation.

It’s unsure what the Minnesota charges will be.

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