Police officers in North Dakota often make welfare checks in response to requests from family members or neighbors. In some cases, a concerned person has been unable to make contact with a resident and asks law enforcement officials to intervene. In other scenarios, police may conduct a check if an emergency situation is suspected at a certain location. A search is underway for a Burleigh County man following a recent welfare check of his home. He now faces drunk driving charges, among others, in another county.
Officials from the Burleigh County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at a residence. Inside the home, police reportedly found a 36-year-old man. The officers discovered that the man supposedly had warrants from Cass County. According to reports, the warrants included charges of theft, failure to appear and DUI.
During the police visit, the man evidently tried to flee on foot. It was then reported that the man got into a vehicle and drove away. As he was leaving the property, the car purportedly hit one of the police vehicles. Officers claim that the man almost struck a deputy who was working at the location as he was driving away from the property.
The vehicle used in the incident was reported as stolen. Police officers stated that they pursued the man until he reached the Bismarck city limits. Authorities continue to investigate the situation.
Anyone facing drunk driving charges in North Dakota should take them seriously. If convicted, a person's life could be drastically affected by the loss of a driver's license, paying substantial fines and/or spending time in jail. To minimize the negative impact on someone's life, it would be beneficial to contact a criminal defense attorney. An experienced lawyer will work with clients to present a rigorous defense possible and obtain the most favorable result possible in a case.
Source: kfgo.com, "Authorities searching for man wanted in Burleigh, Cass Counties", Jan. 10, 2018