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Two men were arrested and one faces numerous charges following a 40-mile chase on Interstate 94 in Morton County that authorities say reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The chase began shortly before 6 p.m. Monday when a deputy attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on a county road near Hebron. The vehicle fled, doing a 360-degree spin on a wet interstate on-ramp before continuing onto I-94 and weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, the sheriff's office said.

No vehicles were damaged or forced off the road, county spokeswoman Maxine Herr said.

County and state Highway Patrol officers eventually stopped the suspect vehicle by placing spike strips that flattened the front tires. Authorities allege they found marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

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The man allegedly driving it 24-year-old Michael Martinez Jr., of Dickinson, was charged Tuesday with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, three drug misdemeanors and three traffic misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, court documents show. He was being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Court documents did not list an attorney for him.

A passenger in the car, 25-year-old Austin Whitelightning of Bismarck, was arrested on Burleigh County warrants. Whitelightning was on probation after pleading guilty to drug charges in mid-August. A petition to revoke his probation and an order-to-apprehend warrant were issued in late August. He was being held on $1,500 cash bail.

A second passenger was not arrested.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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