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Grand Forks driver topped 100 mph during police chase

Houston Crippen

A court document said the driver charged with fleeing from police Wednesday reached speeds topping 100 mph during the chase.

Houston Charles Crippen, 19, of Arvilla, N.D., appeared in court Thursday and his bond is set at $7,500.

An affidavit for Crippen's arrest said he fled from an officer attempting to stop him for speeding and not using headlights around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Crippen tried to turn from Gateway Drive onto North 20th Street but the report said he hit a curb with his 1994 Chevrolet Blazer.

Police said Crippen backed into the police car, damaging the bumper and grill.

Crippen and three passengers ran from the car but police said they were found quickly.

Dustin Duane Kirkeby, 20, of Devils Lake and two minors were charged in relation to fleeing from police.

Crippen was charged with one felony and six misdemeanors for driving with a suspended license, fleeing and refusing to halt. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the reckless driving charge.

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