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Suspect leads West Fargo police on pursuit

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WEST FARGO - A police dog was used to help track down a 30-year-old West Fargo man whom police say led an officer on a pursuit early today.

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Police received a call about 2:30 a.m. about a possible drunk driver on 13th Avenue South. An officer saw the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and committing several other traffic violations, according to a news release.

The officer tried to stop the 1996 Mercury Cougar in the 1200 block of Seventh Street East, but the driver refused, the release stated.

The officer pursued the car to the 900 block of Fifth Street West, but when officers found the car, it was empty.

With the help of a Fargo police K-9 unit, the suspect was found hiding under a tree or bush in the west part of Fargo, West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen said.

Robert Wenzloff III was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and eluding and taken to the Cass County Jail. He was tested for driving under the influence but wasn't over the legal limit, Rasmussen said.

In June 2008, Wenzloff received a one-year prison term for his role in a string of eight apartment burglaries earlier in the year. Most of the sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for 30 months.

As part of his plea to felony theft, a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

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