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Four arrested after high-speed police chase

Houston Crippen and Dustin Kirkkeby1 / 3
Houston Crippen2 / 3
Dustin Kirkkeby3 / 3

Investigators have identified two of four people who were arrested after their car allegedly hit a police car during a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning in Grand Forks.

Houston Charles Crippen, 19, of Arvilla, N.D., and Dustin Duane Kirkeby, 20, of Devils Lake, as well as two juveniles, face a range of charges in relation to the chase that started about 12:30 a.m., according to a news release.

An officer tried to pull over a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Crippen for speeding and not using headlights, the release said. Crippen instead sped up, drove east on Gateway Drive and tried to turn onto North 20th Street but struck a curb, investigators said.

Crippen attempted to back up and hit the pursuing police vehicle, according to the release. The four people in his car then allegedly fled on foot. Police quickly caught two people and found the others shortly after.

Crippen was charged with driving under a suspended license, reckless driving, leaving an accident, fleeing and refusal to halt. Kirkeby and the two juveniles were charged with refusal to halt, the release said.

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