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Alleged shoplifter in Grand Forks arrested after police chase

A Grand Forks resident was arrested Tuesday afternoon for shoplifting and reckless driving, after leading police on a pursuit down 32nd Avenue South.

Deandre Francis, 35, was allegedly shoplifting at Kohl’s on 32nd Avenue South Tuesday afternoon before employees called the Grand Forks Police Department. However, once officers arrived to the store shortly after 3 p.m., Francis had already left the store and its parking lot in a vehicle, according to a police report.

Officers tracked down the suspect vehicle, a Gold Ford Ranger, using a description from Kohl’s employees.

Once officers activated their emergency lights and siren, Francis fled at “moderate speeds.” Police pursued the drive down 32nd Avenue, the report said. Officers eventually stopped their pursuit due to vehicular traffic.

Shortly after police stopped, the report said Francis exited the vehicle and fled on foot near the 1900 block of 28th Avenue South. The report said officers arrested Francis behind a nearby apartment complex for theft, reckless driving, fleeing in a motor vehicle and several outstanding warrants.

Francis is being held at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

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 eallen@gfherald.com or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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