Waylon Zaste, Belcourt, accused of leading law enforcement on high speed chase through multiple counties
Waylon Jade Zaste, 28, Belcourt, is accused of leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through Burleigh, Sheridan, and McHenry Counties on Wednesday afternoon at speeds that at times approached 110 miles per hour.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Zaste’s 2004 Mercury Sable avoided spike strips set out by law enforcement on North Dakota Highway 19 before it hit spikes two miles south of Rugby and his two front tires were deflated. He continued to flee until he was finally stopped eight miles north of Rugby on Highway 3. He was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had active warrants out for his arrest at the time. Zaste was taken to the Heart of America Correctional Center in Rugby and will be charged in district court with fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and driving under suspension.
A 19-year-old woman who was a passenger in his vehicle was not charged.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol was assisted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Rugby Police Department, and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.