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Chase ends near Devils Lake

By Staff | Aug 30, 2013

A Bismarck woman has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly nearly hitting a Rugby Police Officer with her vehicle following a 100-mile chase that started in Ward County and ended near Devils Lake.

Loretta Vivier, 23, was also charged reckless endangerment, fleeing and possession of drug paraphernalia after leading authorities on a high-speed-chase in the early morning hours of Aug. 23.

Vivier’s passenger in the car, 26-year-old Lisa Marie Anderson, was charged with felony child abuse because her 5-year-old daughter was in the car during the chase.

According to a press release by the Rugby Police Department, the chase began in Ward County but was stopped.

According to court documents, Vivier and Anderson stopped in Towner after fleeing but could only get $1.88 in gas.

After the pair ran out of gas, Vivier pushed the car and Anderson steered until they stopped at a farm where they were given some gas.

Rugby police say Vivier and Anderson tried to fill the vehicle with gas at Envision on U.S. Highway 2 at around 3:10 a.m.

A Rugby police officer attempted to contact the driver in the station’s parking lot but the vehicle pulled away when he tried to open the door.

The officer chased the car for a short time north on Highway 3, but slowed down and followed from a distance once speeds became to high in the city. The driver lost police in the downtown area.

A second Rugby officer also unsuccessfully attempted to stop the vehicle when it drove near his home, but the two women continued driving east on Highway 2.

Both Rugby officers pursued the vehicle and a Benson County deputy joined the pursuit near Leeds as speeds ranged between 60 and 100 miles per hour.

Road spikes were used to slow the car in Devils Lake, but according to court documents, the two women started heading west on Highway 19.

The vehicle was eventually stopped and officers surrounded it, but when police tried to break the windows of the vehicle, Vivier allegedly drove forward, forcing Rugby officer Jeremy Monroe to jump on the hood to avoid being struck by the car.

The vehicle hit Monroe’s squad car, leaving minor damage.

According to court documents, officers fired their weapons into the vehicle in an attempt to stop it.

After another brief chase, the vehicle was stopped again and Vivier and Anderson were arrested.

Vivier is being held on $50,000 cash bond at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center. Anderson’s bond was set at $10,000 cash.

According to court documents, Vivier tested positive for both methamphetamine and marijuana.

Attempted murder is a Class A felony punishable by up to 25 years in jail.

Vivier also faces up to five years each for the reckless endangerment and fleeing charges, both Class C felonies.

Anderson also faces up to 10 years on the child abuse charge, as authorities allege she had multiple opportunities to stop the chase to insure the safety of her 5-year-old daughter.

Court documents show that Vivier told police that the child was scared during the chase.

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