Pursuit ends in crash, arrests

One Minot-area crash ends, after lengthy pursuit, in another crash just south of Stanley Monday.

A hit and run was reported to police shortly before 1 p.m. in the 3300-block of U.S. Highways 2 and 52 just outside the city limits. The stiking driver left the scene and entered Minot city limits.

Minutes later, the suspected vehicle was spotted in northwest Minot and a police officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued westward into Mountrail County, with law enforcement officers from multiple agencies following him.

Officers stopped pursuing the vehicle just south of Stanley on N.D. Highway 8. Shortly after that the fleeing vehicle crashed into a ditch, and then was later located behind a church on the same highway about 10 miles south of the city.

Joseph P. Bad Hawk, 24, New Town, was identified as the driver and arrested on the charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a Class C felony; driving a motor vehicle under the influence, a Class B misdemeanor; and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony. He was also cited for not having an operator license.

Bad Hawk is being held in the Ward County Jail pending an initial appearance.