MANDAN, N.D. — A Spokane, Wash., man could face multiple felony charges after a fight, a car chase, a crash and the subsequent discovery of drugs in his car.
William Plump III, 28, was arrested on several federal warrants for probation violations in drug and weapons cases.
Charges related to the early Wednesday morning incident had not been finalized as of Wednesday afternoon, Morton County Assistant State’s Attorney Gabrielle Goter said. Plump is expected to be charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of hydrocodone, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Plump is expected to make a court appearance today, Goter said.
Mandan police received a report at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday of a fight — possibly involving a gun — on the 200 block of First Street Northeast. Dispatchers told responding officers both parties of the fight left the scene in vehicles, one of which was a Nissan Altima.
An officer located an Altima matching the description and initiated a traffic stop on the 1100 block of East Main Street. The vehicle pulled away as the officer approached, and a backup officer observed it driving away at a high rate of speed.
Officers attempted to catch up to the Altima as it turned onto Memorial Highway, then to 46th Avenue Southeast. At the intersection of Memorial Highway and 46th Avenue Southeast, the vehicle ran a red light with its vehicle lights turned off. Officers discontinued the chase due to safety concerns.
Officers continued eastbound toward Memorial Bridge and spotted debris in the road. The Altima had struck another vehicle on the west side of the bridge, then continued halfway across the bridge before it came to a stop. The North Dakota Highway Patrol assisted in investigating the crash.
Plump, the lone occupant of the Altima, was arrested. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
Officers searched the Altima and found marijuana and hydrocodone. They did not find any guns.
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