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Police: Speeding driver nearly hit boys on bikes

WEST FARGO - A felony charge was filed Monday in Cass County against a 24-year-old man accused of nearly hitting two boys here after police say he was clocked going 82 mph on 32nd Avenue near Sheyenne Street.

The alleged speed Brandon Dustin Gutwein hit in the incident shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday would be 42 mph over the posted limit of 40 mph, police allege in a report filed with the charges.

Police say officers tried to pull Gutwein over after he was clocked on radar as traveling 82 mph in the 200 block of 32nd Avenue as he headed west.

Gutwein, a West Fargo resident, didn't stop, police say. He ran a red light at Sheyenne Street by swerving into the eastbound lane. He then turned onto Seventh Street West at a high rate of speed before he took a right into an apartment complex, the officers allege in the report.

Police say there were two young boys on bicycles who were forced to jump out of the way near the apartment building.

Gutwein then allegedly lost control of his Dodge Durango and struck a pair of garages before he was arrested, police claim.

In an initial appearance Monday in Cass County District Court, Judge Wade Webb set bail at $5,000 for Gutwein, who faces a felony count of reckless endangerment. He also faces a misdemeanor count of fleeing a police officer.

Gutwein was also cited in West Fargo Municipal Court for speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and having an open container in a vehicle.