Suspect in Rolette Co. high-speed chase dies after suffering medical condition in jail

ROLETTE COUNTY, N.D. - The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the case of a suspect in a high-speed chase in Rolette County Friday night after the sheriff says the suspect died after suffering a medical condition in the jail.

According to a press release from the Rolette County Sheriff, officers pursued a 52-year-old Belcourt man through multiple towns for roughly 45 minutes before arresting him in Dunseith, N.D., and took him to the Rolette County Jail.

The sheriff says everything appeared normal with the suspect following a routine cell check at 2:08 a.m. Saturday morning. Nine minutes later, a jail official noticed the man clutching his chest, and staff found the man unresponsive. Staff and paramedics performed CPR and rushed the man to the medical center in Rolla but were unable to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced dead.

The inmate’s name is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

Officers had arrested him the previous night on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving with a suspended license, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and aggravated reckless driving. He also had several outstanding warrants.