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Three charged in weekend chase plead guilty

Most of the suspects in a Friday evening high-speed chase that ended with a foot pursuit through a Grand Forks trailer park pleaded guilty Monday. Four suspects were detained following an hour-long pursuit, which began when the North Dakota Highw...

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From left, Joey Short, Waylon Delong, and Brooke Davis

Most of the suspects in a Friday evening high-speed chase that ended with a foot pursuit through a Grand Forks trailer park pleaded guilty Monday.

Four suspects were detained following an hour-long pursuit, which began when the North Dakota Highway Patrol was alerted to a black SUV heading north toward Grand Forks on Interstate 29 at speeds around 100 mph, dangerously weaving through traffic just after 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to a news release. The suspected vehicle exited onto DeMers Avenue and headed west.

The four suspects were found at the Park Manor Trailer Park, where they reportedly fled on foot after their vehicle was abandoned with a blown tire in the 5300 block of University Avenue.

Three suspects pleaded guilty on misdemeanor fleeing and assorted charges Monday.

Joey Matthew Short, 29, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of refusal to halt, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Short attempted to kick out the window of a Highway Patrol vehicle after being detained, according to an affidavit.

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Brooke Anne Davis, 23, of Fargo, pleaded guilty to fleeing a police officer and providing false enforcement to law enforcement, court records state. The false information charges came from providing law enforcement her sister's name at the time of her arrest, which was not realized until her sister called the jail, according to a charging affidavit.

Brooke Davis was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with all 30 days suspended, and will be on probation for one year. Davis is ordered to pay $300 in fees and fines.

Waylon Edward Delong, 35, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty to refusing to halt, a misdemeanor, Monday. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 20 days suspended and will be on probation for one year. He was also required to pay $225 in fees and fines.

Waylon's brother, Danny Jay Delong, 33, also of Belcourt, is the suspected driver of the vehicle. He has been charged with three misdemeanor counts: fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and driving under the influence. He was also cited for speeding and driving without insurance. A trooper clocked his vehicle at 94 mph and witnessed him make minor contact with another vehicle on I-29 while weaving through traffic, according to court documents.

Danny Delong made his initial appearance Monday; his next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 21.

The Delong brothers are related to Melvin Delong of Belcourt, law enforcement told the Herald. Melvin Delong shot and killed Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery and was killed himself by law enforcement following a pursuit near Rolla, N.D. on Jan. 18.

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