Two arrested in separate incidents in Grand Forks

Charges are pending for Farah Darco, 21, of Grand Forks, for Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. In a separate incident Wesley Johannessohn, a 37 year old Grand Forks resident, was arrested and charged with a variety of offences including DUI.

Grand Forks Police Department

Grand Forks Police officers were involved in a pair of incidents on the morning of Saturday, May 8, one of which involved a stolen vehicle.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle that had recently occurred. The vehicle was located heading north on North Washington Street, and officers initiated a pursuit for several blocks, before losing sight of the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was located at the Loaf N’ Jug and an officer attempted to make contact with the female driver. The female again fled from officers, traveling westbound on Gateway Drive out of town where she was pursued and apprehended by deputies of the Grand Forks Sheriff's Office.

The driver was identified as Farah Darco, 21, of Grand Forks. She was the only occupant of the vehicle and was transported to the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. Charges are pending for fleeing in a motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle.

Also Saturday morning at approximately 5:04 a.m. police officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Eighth Avenue North, for a report of a violation of a disorderly conduct restraining order in progress.


Officers arrived to find the suspect’s vehicle leaving the area and lost sight of it. They found the vehicle in the 1100 block of North Fifth Street. The driver pulled over but refused to leave the vehicle. He then fled at low speed and was eventually stopped in the 800 block of Cherry Street.

The driver was identified as Wesley Johannessohn, a 37-year-old Grand Forks resident. Johannessohn was taken into custody, and has been charged with violation of a disorderly conduct restraining order, driving under the influence, DUI refusal, reckless driving and fleeing in a motor vehicle.

Police are asking anyone with information about either of these incidents to contact the department at 701-787-8000, or to submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website. Tips can also be submitted through the Tip411 app.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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