08/28/2006

Destructive chase leaves small N.D. town short of squad cars

The Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota- A man led police on a destructive chase and crashed his van into 10 police cars, leaving one small town without enough cars for its officers on duty, officials said.

By the time officers stopped Jeffrey Bean in Minnesota, eight squad cars from Grand Forks and two from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, were damaged, Grand Forks Police Sgt. Roger Pohlman said.

Damage to the Grand Forks squad cars totaled more than $26,000 (euro20,000) and the department doesn't have enough vehicles now for all officers on duty, he said.

"Right now, our day shift has enough vehicles. Our night shifts are doubling up," Pohlman said.

Bean, 37, was charged Friday in Minnesota with assault, damage to property, fleeing police officers in a motor vehicle, refusal to submit to tests for driving while intoxicated and driving while restricted.

Authorities said additional charges are pending in North Dakota. Bean was being held in jail.

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