Grand Forks man arrested after fleeing from deputy, swallowing drugs

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A Grand Forks man was arrested Tuesday morning after attempting to run from authorities and swallowing an unknown amount of drugs.

At around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, a deputy with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on an individual he knew had active warrants. As he was speaking with the driver, Salvador Hernandez, 28, he attempted to run from the deputy. After a brief foot pursuit the deputy caught Hernandez, who continued to resist arrest and swallowed an unknown amount of narcotics, a news release said.

The deputy then called for emergency assistance. Other sheriff’s deputies and the Grand Forks Police Department responded and were able to get Hernandez under control and into custody.

Hernandez was transported to Altru for evaluation.

He is facing a number of charges, including refusal to halt, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, ingestion of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Hernandez's warrants were bench warrants related to charges of terrorizing, reckless endangerment and ingesting a controlled substance.

Hernandez’s female passenger, Kaylee Lembke, also was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant in Minnesota.

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