Suspect hospitalized after hiding in Stutsman County slough

March 22, 2022 GMT

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a driver who fled from a North Dakota State Patrol trooper is hospitalized in Fargo with severe hypothermia after hiding in a slough to avoid arrest.

According to the patrol, the trooper attempted to stop the man on Interstate 94 near Jamestown about 7:30 p.m. Monday for traveling 98 mph in a 75 mph zone, but he failed to pull over.

The 22-year-old driver left the interstate with the trooper in pursuit and traveled down a gravel township road where the vehicle got stuck in the slough, then he fled on foot, officials said.

Two passengers, a 21-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, were arrested.

The driver waded or swam across the swamp until additional troopers and deputies from the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office entered the water and located the suspect about 1 1/2 hours later.

The man was severely hypothermic and was carried out of slough to an ATV that transported him to a waiting ambulance, the patrol said. Initially, he was taken to Jamestown Regional Medical Center and then was transferred to a hospital in Fargo.

Charges are pending, according to officials.