GRAND FORKS, ND (Valley News Live) The Grand Forks Police Department says they arrested a man early Sunday morning after he fled from officers in a stolen vehicle, while under the influence.
Police say at approximately 3:10 am, East Grand Forks Police Department requested assistance from GFPD for a pursuit of a possible impaired driver headed towards Grand Forks.
The driver entered the city of Grand Forks on Demers Avenue. At this time, officers terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns.
Two Grand Forks County deputies observed the suspect vehicle leaving the city limits westbound on US Highway 2 at a high rate of speed. Deputies followed the vehicle for a short distance and noticed erratic driving behavior.
Police then activated their emergency lights and the driver accelerated westbound towards Emerado in excess of 100 mph and would intermittently turn off his headlights.
The driver stopped on Highway 2, where he put his vehicle into reverse towards the sheriff's deputy's patrol car. The vehicle, again, fled and another Grand Forks County deputy was able to successfully deploy spike strips and stop the vehicle.
The driver, 40-year old Michael Joseph Charboneau, was taken into custody.
Deputies later learned that the vehicle was stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
Charboneau was placed under arrest for six outstanding arrest warrants and fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, driving under suspension, and driving under the influence.
Charboneau was confined at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.