Driver of stolen car leads police in southeast ND on overnight chase

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SARGENT COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live) Police in southeastern North Dakota are looking for a burglary suspect, after a chase and search that lasted for several hours from Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

Sargent County sheriff Travis Paeper says it started around 9 p.m. Tuesday when a homeowner in rural Milnor, ND, spotted a possible burglary in progress on his property. He followed the suspect's vehicle for awhile before calling police for help.

Officers caught up with the car, but the driver wouldn't stop and lead police on a chase from Ransom County into Sargent County.

Paeper says, during the chase, the suspect hit two squad cars. No one was hurt and damage to the cruisers is minimal.

The car chase finally ended when the suspect's vehicle -- which had been stolen -- got stuck in a bean field near Cogswell, but then the man took off on foot.

Paeper says several law enforcement agencies descended upon the area to set up a perimeter and search the area. The search included a highway patrol aircraft with a thermal imaging device.

Some Valley News Live viewers say they got phone calls telling them to stay inside and lock their doors.

Paeper says police were not able to find the suspect, but says two officers who were in their squads when the suspect rammed them says they got a pretty good look at the guy. They're looking for a white male around 5'10" with a medium build and who looked like he was in his 50s.

Paeper says their search ended around 5 a.m. Wednesday.