Man in custody after crashing into police car, police chase in West Fargo
WEST FARGO - A man is in custody after an overnight chase that started when he allegedly took his friend's car during a traffic stop, then rammed a police car, according to police.
WEST FARGO – A man is in custody after an overnight chase that started when he allegedly took his friend’s car during a traffic stop, then rammed a police car, according to police.
Jean Edward Roubideaux, 25, is being held on suspicion of possession of a concealed weapon, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted burglary, fleeing both on foot and in a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
West Fargo police Sgt. Jason Dura said police were trying to identify the driver in a traffic stop they’d made at about 1:09 a.m. in the 700 block of 12th Avenue East. The driver had no identification and was brought to the squad car.
That’s when the Roubideaux, previously the passenger, jumped into the driver’s seat and took off, said Dura, crashing the car deliberately into another nearby squad car sitting nearby.
Roubideaux continued for a few more blocks before he crashed the car into a road sign and hit a curb, stopping in front of the West Fargo High School.
Roubideaux then took off on foot, getting rid of a backpack and bolt cutter along the way.
He was trying to force his way into a home in the neighborhood when police caught up with him, Dura said. He had a loaded gun in his backpack.
Roubideaux also is being held on an outstanding warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
No one was hurt during the pursuit, Dura said.