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Driver arrested after series of chases in Traill, Norman counties

MAYVILLE, N.D.—A driver was arrested Friday afternoon near Mayville after leading authorities from North Dakota and Minnesota on series of chases, according to the Traill County Sheriff's Office.

A Traill County deputy attempted to stop a man known to have outstanding felony warrants driving a Honda Accord at 2:40 p.m. near Hillsboro, N.D., according to a news release from Sheriff Steve Hunt. The driver took the deputy on a chase through Hillsboro and east on N.D. Highway 200, swerving at oncoming traffic and forcing vehicles into the ditch. The deputy ended the chase out of concern for safety but saw the Honda cross into Minnesota at Halstad, Minn.

About 30 minutes later, the sheriff's office was notified that officers in Minnesota were pursuing a stole 2012 Dodge Journey from Halstad and had crossed into North Dakota at Caledonia, N.D. Officers again ended the chase for safety reasons near Cummings, N.D., the news release said.

Shortly after that, A Traill County deputy located the Dodge near Mayville and initiated another pursuit, which again was terminated. The vehicle was again located near Mayville, and the suspect driver tried to hit the patrol car and continued leading officers through rural areas north and east of town until the Highway Patrol disabled the car by deflating its tires, causing it to go into a ditch.

Officers arrested Eric M. Baldwin, 32, no known address, without incident, the sheriff's statement said. He faces likely charges of fleeing, felony reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property and burglary. He also has warrants from Grand Forks and Norman counties.

The Traill County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Highway Patrol, the Norman County Sheriff's Office and the Ada (Minn.) Police Department.

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