North Dakota law enforcement officials were notified of a reckless driver, with speeds exceeding 100 mph on Interstate 29 Friday night.
When officers encountered the pickup in question, near the Great Bend exit on I-29, they determined the white pickup was reported stolen that same evening in Jamestown, N.D.
According to the press release, deputies attempted to stop the driver, Michael Steven Owens, 39, Bonner Springs, Kan., but he eluded their efforts and attempted to ram deputies during the chase.
“He came up behind them like he was going to ram them into the ditch,” Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said.
The high-speed pursuit continued to near the South Dakota border, when Owens exited the interstate and began driving on rural township roads. He eventually became stuck in deep snow when traveling on a minimum maintenance road, about seven miles southeast of Hankinson. He exited the vehicle and began to run on foot into a slough area, the release said.
Authorities picked up his trail the next morning and he was found and arrested in an abandoned farm house about three miles from where he left the vehicle.
“No one got injured and there was no damage and we consider that a success,” Leshovsky said.
Owens is being held at the Richland County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property, felony fleeing, and criminal trespass.
This incident remains under investigation.