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Four-county high speed pursuit ends near Rugby

By Sue Sitter - | Nov 7, 2020

A high-speed chase through four counties ended just north of Rugby Oct. 28 after Rugby police deployed spike strips to stop a vehicle traveling as fast as 110 miles per hour at times.

A statement released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol said a trooper noticed a 2004 Mercury Sable traveling 95 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone on ND Highway 14 near Wing just after 4 p.m. and attempted to stop the car.

“The driver failed to stop for the speeding violation and a pursuit was initiated northbound on Highway 14,” the statement said, adding, “The suspect vehicle reached a top speed of 110 mph as it fled through Sheridan and McHenry Counties.”

The statement said the Sable turned east on ND Highway 19 near Anamoose and avoided one set of spike strips deployed on that highway before turning north on ND Highway 3.

“The vehicle was successfully spiked two miles south of Rugby,” the statement said, noting the spikes deflated the Sable’s front tires. The driver continued north on Highway 3 for eight miles “before the vehicle became disabled,” according to the statement.

Officers detained the driver, Waylon Zaste, 28, and passenger Courtney Marie Handeland, 19, both of Belcourt, without incident.

Officers released Handeland after an investigation.

Zaste, who officers learned had active warrants in Rolette and Burleigh Counties and was driving with a suspended license, was booked at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center for fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving under suspension.

Zaste is being held on no bond at HACTC.

Statements from Siegler’s office and the NDHP indicated deputies from Pierce, McHenry and Wells counties assisted in the pursuit together with the Rugby Police Department, state troopers and North Dakota Game and Fish officers.

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