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Convict caught after high-speed chase near Dickinson, N.D.

DICKINSON, N.D. - An oilfield worker is in custody after allegedly trying to lose police in a Nissan NISMO Off-Road truck after doing just that, heading off road.

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North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Kadrmas waits at the entrance of a field where a man was taken into custody following a chase Friday morning near Dickinson. (Press Photo by Jennifer McBride)

DICKINSON, N.D. - An oilfield worker is in custody after allegedly trying to lose police in a Nissan NISMO Off-Road truck after doing just that, heading off road.

There were no injuries and area law enforcement said the pick-up truck was stolen.

Darren Tornow, 43, of Cuba, Mo., is in custody following a high-speed chase that began when officers tried to pull Tornow over at about 9:45 a.m. Friday in north Dickinson.

He would not stop as authorities pursued the vehicle and he eventually got out and ran. Officers captured and arrested him. The chase ended on North Dakota University Extension Service land.

The incident began north of the Dunn County line by state Highway 22.

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After a rural Dickinson resident reported an attempted burglary at his residence and provided the North Dakota Highway Patrol with a vehicle description and license plate number, the Dickinson Police Department located the vehicle in north Dickinson, according to an NDHP press release.

When the DPD and NDHP attempted to stop the truck driven by Tornow, he fled west on Interstate 94.

NDHP, Stark County Sheriff's Department and DPD pursued the vehicle to the South Heart exit, according to the release.

However, the interstate is not the only area Tornow drove.

"He went north of the interstate through fields and then he turned south and drove across the interstate and fences again and was south of the interstate in fields and then turned around and went north through fences and the interstate again," said Sgt. Dan Haugen of the NDHP.

Haugen said it is believed Tornow was traveling slightly faster than 100 mph on Interstate 94 and less than 50 mph through pastures.

The truck Tornow was driving then disabled itself in a field north of the interstate.

Two Stark County Sheriff's Department deputies apprehended Tornow after he exited the vehicle and took off running, said Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy.

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"Two of the deputies had gone off the road with their SUVs in the pasture and apprehended him," Tuhy said.

Law enforcement vehicles were damaged in the pursuit and officials plan to seek restitution, Tuhy said.

Soon after the chase, Steve Schwindt, caretaker for the field the incident occurred in, was on scene to check out the damage and preparing to fix any broken fences.

Though Tornow lives in Dickinson, the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen from Denver, but it remains unclear how he obtained the vehicle or who it belongs to, Haugen said, adding he hopes to find out early next week just how Tornow obtained the stolen vehicle.

The gray truck, covered with dirt and grasses, had a shredded tire and a saddle remained in its bed before the wrecker came to pick it up at about noon.

In addition, the vehicle contained items believed to be stolen property from area burglaries, according to a NDHP press release.

"There were some items found in there that residents called in and identified them," Tuhy said.

Haugen said no drugs or alcohol appear to have been involved in the incident at this time.

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Stark County is not the only area Tornow has left a mark.

On May 19, a warrant was issued for Tornow's arrest for forgery and a second warrant was issued May 20 for second degree burglary, according to Greene County Sheriff's Office records and warrants department in Missouri.

A detainer has been placed on the Missouri warrants, according to the office.

Tuhy said it is up to Missouri officials whether Tornow will be extradited.

Haugen said Tornow has been charged for numerous offenses stemming from Friday's incident, but officials cannot release specifics at this time.

According to the Missouri Department of Corrections website, Tornow was previously convicted of burglary and theft charges in Missouri.

"I think it was a good combined effort to get him into custody," North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Kadrmas said of the agencies involved.

The Dickinson (N.D.) Press and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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