Two men were charged with reckless endangerment following separate pursuits by law enforcement in Morton County.
- Christopher Timm, 26, was charged Monday with Class C felony counts of reckless endangerment, theft of property and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick set bond for him at $2,000 cash.
Mandan Police Officer Jason Bier wrote in an affidavit that he attempted to pull over a Jeep Cherokee at 12:44 a.m. Saturday after the vehicle drove in the wrong lane and nearly struck Bier’s squad car. The vehicle fled from the officer and crashed into a ravine, Bier wrote.
The affidavit said Timm, of Mandan, was found 15 feet from the crashed vehicle and claimed to have no knowledge of the crash or the vehicle. Timm had some injuries to his face that appeared to be consistent with crashing a vehicle, Bier wrote.
Timm also claimed to have been with his girlfriend, but his girlfriend told officers she had been with Timm earlier and he drove off in the Jeep Cherokee, which he got from a driveway in Mandan. Officers contacted the owner of the vehicle, who said he did not know Timm and did not give anyone permission to use the Jeep Cherokee. Bier wrote the vehicle had damage consistent with having been hot wired.
- Brett Rikess, 44, was charged Monday with Class C felony reckless endangerment, Class A misdemeanor charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and Class B misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving under suspension.
Romanick set bond for Rikess, of St. Paul, Minn., at 10 percent of $20,000 cash, which means Rikess must post $2,000 to be released but could be made to repay $20,000 if he violates conditions of release.
Someone reported a reckless driver on Interstate 94 to State Radio. A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper saw the westbound 2003 Toyota 4Runner near mile marker 126. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled.
According to an affidavit by Trooper Tarek Chase, the chase reached speeds of 100 mph during the 41-mile pursuit.
The patrol troopers and Stark County sheriff’s deputies used tire-flattening spikes near mile marker 82. The vehicle hit the spikes, flatting two tires.
Chase wrote in the affidavit that Rikess, the driver, refused sobriety testing but officers smelled alcoholic beverages and burnt marijuana when they approached the vehicle.