Vehicle sinks in Jamestown Reservoir

Stolen pickup that was the subject of a pursuit Monday sank in Jamestown Reservoir.

Jon Schuldheisz

The pickup that was reported stolen and the subject of a pursuit from in Jamestown to the ice of the Jamestown Reservoir Monday has sunk, according to Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff.

"We were pulling it off the ice and we came to a pressure ridge and down she went," he said.

Kaiser estimated the vehicle sank in between 15 and 30 feet of water near Pelican Point.

The incident began at 1:44 a.m. Monday when a Jamestown resident reported a stolen pickup. The vehicle was spotted by someone familiar with the vehicle and aware it had been stolen in the area of the 1000 block of 4th Street Northwest. The pickup fled and officers discontinued the pursuit because the driver was traveling in an "extremely reckless manner at high speed," said Justin Blinsky, Jamestown assistant chief of police.

Shortly thereafter the vehicle was spotted again headed north out of town on U.S. Highway 52 and another pursuit ensued. The vehicle turned east in the vicinity of Pelican Point and crashed, although the driver was able to continue onto the ice of Jamestown Reservoir where the vehicle came to a stop.


Kaiser said the vehicle had broken through the ice when it crossed the pressure ridge initially but came to rest on ice on the other side of the ridge.

Jon Schuldheisz, 19, was taken into custody by the Jamestown Police Department. He remains in the Stutsman County Correctional Center in lieu of $10,000 bail on multiple charges.

Kaiser said there was no one injured in the pursuit or the attempt to remove the vehicle from the ice.

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