Jamestown man arrested after pursuit (from November 2016)


A Jamestown man was arrested early Sunday morning after leading law enforcement officers on pursuit south of Jamestown, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

Police Lt. Justin Blinsky said at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, a police officer initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier near the intersection of 18th Street Southwest and U.S. 281 South. Blinksy said officers had been given a description of the vehicle earlier in the evening as the reported driver, Dustin Vaughn, 32, was suspected of driving on a suspended license.

Blinsky said when the officer attempted to pull the Chevrolet over, the vehicle took off. He said the pursuit led police officers on a pursuit west onto Interstate 94. The Chevrolet got off I-94 at Exit 256, went south on 81st Avenue Southeast about 5 or 6 miles, then east about 3 miles, then turned south.

Blinsky said the pursuit was called off at 12:09 a.m. Sunday when the Chevrolet turned south onto 84th Avenue Southeast, about 9 miles south of Jamestown. He said the pursuit was called off due to safety concerns.

Blinksy said the officers started driving back toward Jamestown and found the Chevrolet in a field about 30 feet off of 84th Avenue Southeast. The car had hit an embankment and the driver, Vaughn, had fled the scene. A perimeter was created and the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office K9 team of Deputy Matt Thom and Dreamos was brought in to conduct a search. Thom and Dreamos found Vaughn in some cattails about a quarter mile from the car.

Blinksky said Vaughn was taken to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, then transported to the Stutsman County Correctional Center. Vaughn was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers and reckless endangerment. No formal charges had been filed against Vaughn as of Sunday evening.