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Law enforcement close highway to arrest man on warrants from Traill, Cass Counties

Law enforcement had to close a section of North Dakota Highway 200 Friday afternoon to arrest a suspect who refused to leave his car, shortly after fleeing from Traill County Sheriff's deputies at 115 mph, according to a news release.

Deputies said they were trying to pull over a 2016 Chrysler 200 on the highway shortly after 11:35 a.m. Friday. A news release from their department said the officers suspected the vehicle was driven by Brandon S. Morris, who is wanted on warrants from Traill and Cass counties.

Morris then fled east down the highway, eventually reaching speeds of approximately 115 mph, the release said.

Seven miles east of Mayville, N.D., a deputy successfully deployed a tire-deflation device. Two miles later, Morris landed in a snow-filled ditch.

Morris refused to leave the car and told the deputies he had a weapon, the release said, forcing officers to retreat, close the highway and call for help from the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Grand Forks Regional SWAT team.

Morris surrendered roughly one hour and 20 minutes later. Officers did not find a weapon and there were no injuries.

Officers arrested Morris on the aforementioned warrants, as well as charges of driving under suspension, fleeting or attempting to elude law enforcement and reckless endangerment.

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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