Christian Boen, Bismarck, charged with possession of stolen vehicle

Christian Boen, 45, Bismarck, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle after he was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license, according to Berthold police.

Berthold police also reported that the steering column of the vehicle had been damaged and the vehicle was confirmed stolen.

The Ward County State’s Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss a criminal mischief charge on Tuesday “in the interest of justice.”

According to an affidavit filed with the court by Berthold police chief Al Schmidt, Schmidt stopped Boen for driving on U.S. Highway 2 with a missing driver’s side headlight. Schmidt confirmed that Boen had a suspended license. Schmidt noted that the ignition had been popped out and wires were dangling under the steering wheel. The owner of the vehicle later confirmed that Boen did not have permission to drive the vehicle.

Boen was scheduled to make an initial apperance in district court in Minot on Tuesday on the possession of stolen property charge.