Kyle Stanley faces two felony and a slough of misdemeanor charges after U.S. Border Patrol agents and county law enforcement from three counties captured him after a 65-mile high-speed highway chase.
The Hill County Attorney’s Office has charged Fort Belknap resident Stanley, 19, with felony counts of criminal endangerment and theft and driving under the influence of intoxicants, first offense, fleeing from peace officers, criminal possession of marijuana and speeding, all misdemeanors.
According to the charging document, someone reported to the Hill County dispatchers at 12:57 a.m. Oct. 15, that a white Ford pickup was driving erratically with the headlights off westbound on U.S. Highway 2.
A Hill County deputy sheriff caught up to the vehicle and turned on flashing lights to try to perform a traffic stop after seeing the vehicle cross over both the center line and the fog line on the edge of the highway.
The charging document says the driver then sped up to 95 mph. A Liberty County deputy sheriff approached from the west to assist and was forced to drive off the road into the barrow pit when the driver of the Ford swerved into his eastbound traffic lane, the document says.
The Ford slowed to about 70 mph while passing through Chester, then sped back up to 95 mph, until it hit a set of stop-sticks that puncture tires and were set up outside of Dunkirk, about 5 miles east of Shelby, by Toole County deputy sheriffs and Border Patrol agents.
The document says Stanley drove for about a mile on the Ford’s bare rims before pulling over into the ditch at the side of the road, where he was arrested. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle had not been charged in state District court as of this morning.
The Ford was registered to a resident of Chetek, Wis., who later reported it had been stolen.
A Toole County deputy sheriff administered a sobriety test, and while at the Toole County Detention Center, Stanley provided a breath sample and registered a blood alcohol concentration of .156, almost twice the legal level, the charging document says.
Law enforcement also found two marijuana cigarettes on Stanley, the document says.
According to the charging document, Stanley told an investigating officer that he and the passenger had noticed the pickup running with the keys in the ignition and got inside and drove off with it. The document does not say where that occurred.
Stanley also told the officer that he had intended to run the Liberty County deputy sheriff off the road when he drove into the oncoming lane, the document says.