Officers from four agencies scrambled over State Highway 1806 Thursday morning in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle whose driver now faces a raft of charges.

Matthew Ford Mize, 34, of Minot, is charged with seven offenses, including felony counts of reckless endangerment and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer as well as misdemeanor counts of false reports to law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, driving under suspension and possession of marijuana.

Morton County sheriff’s deputies took up the chase after 8:30 a.m. Thursday when Mandan Police ended their pursuit southbound on Highway 1806.

Court documents say Mize continued to flee from deputies, even after losing control on gravel and sliding into a ditch. Morton County reported he fled at speeds up to 80 to 90 mph.

Officers successfully spiked Mize’s tires, but he allegedly continued to flee even with just rims on his front wheels.

North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Indian Affairs also joined the pursuit, which ended near Prairie Knights Casino. A vehicle search reportedly yielded a small amount of marijuana in a backpack.

Mandan Police originally tried to pull Mize over for driving a suspicious vehicle before he allegedly fled out of city limits.

He is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, pending $10,000 cash bond.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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Crime and Courts Reporter