A Medina, N.D., man was arraigned Monday, July 6, for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase and running his car into a Grand Forks home in May.
Dustin Maurice Meadows, 26, pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, fleeing a peace officer, reckless driving and driving under suspension. If convicted of criminal mischief, the most serious of the five offenses, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to court documents, Grand Forks County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to mile marker 177 on Highway 81 just before 9:30 p.m. May 31, when a green Toyota Camry was reportedly driving southbound recklessly and not allowing the caller to pass. When the deputy spotted the Camry, he saw it cross the center line and he activated his emergency lights, resulting in the driver of the Camry to flee, according to documents.
The Camry fled law enforcement at high speeds on Highway 81, Interstate 29 and several streets in Grand Forks, at times reaching speeds on the interstate more than 100 mph, according to documents.
During the pursuit, the driver of the Camry allegedly violated multiple traffic laws, including running multiple red lights, according to documents. Police said, that during the pursuit, two passengers exited the car in Grand Forks and continued fleeing on foot. The car pursuit ended when the Camry collided with a south side Grand Forks home, damaging the side garage, an electric meter and a vehicle inside the garage, according to documents.
No one was injured in the crash, according to police. According to an affidavit, Meadows was identified at the scene of the crash as the driver of the Camry and was taken into custody.
Meadows is next scheduled to appear in court for a final dispositional conference on Sept. 17.