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Trooper struck by suspect wanted in high-speed chaser

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota Highway Patrol says a trooper was struck by a vehicle driven by a suspect wanted in a high-speed pursuit in Fargo.

A state trooper attempted to stop an SUV going 95 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 94 about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the patrol.

The driver then sped up to 105 mph, exited the interstate and nearly collided with several other vehicles, said Capt. Bryan Niewind. The trooper then discontinued the pursuit for safety reasons, KFGO reported.

Two troopers doing a follow-up investigation went to the home of the registered owner of the SUV. One officer was standing at the front door speaking with residents of the house while the second officer was standing in the driveway, according to authorities.

The suspect pulled up, briefly stopped, and then accelerated and struck the trooper in the driveway, the patrol said.

The 26-year-old man also struck a vehicle parked in the driveway and was arrested.

The trooper was treated at a Fargo hospital and released.