STUTSMAN COUNTY, N.D. - A 29-year-old West Fargo man was arrested for felony reckless endangerment following a high speed chase Wednesday, Dec. 20.
A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper attempted stopping Levi David Thene for speeding at 12:17 p.m. Thene was heading westbound on Interstate 94, about 15 miles east of Jamestown.
Thene fled the trooper in a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, reaching speeds on I-94 in excess of 100 mph before exiting I-94. Thene then headed north on a gravel Barnes County road before coming to a stop, but as the trooper approached he fled again three more miles before crossing railroad tracks and resting at an intersection.
The trooper stopped prior to the tracks to await backup and within seconds, Thene accelerated in reverse toward the squad car. Thene veered toward the squad car, which evaded collision by backing onto a nearby approach.
Thene's vehicle ended up in a snow covered ditch and he was arrested without further incident.
He faces charges of felony reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer, as well as carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful display of license plates.
Thene is currently in custody at the Stutsman County Correctional Center in Jamestown.
Troopers were was assisted on scene by deputies from the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office and an officer from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.