Photo: North Dakota Highway Patrol
BISMARCK, ND (NDHP) – On the evening of October 5, 2021, the North Dakota Highway Patrol conducted a detailed inspection of the aircraft to safely and more effectively apprehend suspects fleeing traffic stops in the Bismarck-Mandan region.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol’s fixed-wing aircraft was used to monitor roadside checks by local law enforcement in the event of a vehicle leak.
At 8:16 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, a Bismarck police officer attempted to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation. The driver of the motorcycle fled from the policeman at high speed. Due to the dangerous nature of the driver’s actions which posed a risk to other motorists, the officer did not pursue the suspect.
The NDHP fixed-wing aircraft was monitoring the traffic control. The plane followed the motorcycle to a residence in the countryside of Bismarck. Officers attended the residence and identified the driver as a 16-year-old male. The driver was taken to juvenile court by the Bismarck police for having fled a policeman and endangered by extreme recklessness-indifference.
Incidents of drivers fleeing law enforcement are on the increase. Until October 5, 2021, the North Dakota Highway Patrol was involved in 72 lawsuits statewide. Drivers who flee from law enforcement endanger themselves, other motorists and pedestrians through their actions.
As a result of these incidents, the North Dakota Highway Patrol more frequently engages the fixed-wing aircraft to monitor roadside checks by local law enforcement. These traffic details
enable law enforcement to apprehend fleeing suspects more effectively and improve public safety.