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Published December 21, 2011, 03:33 PM

After Pursuit, Barnes County Standoff Ends Peacefully

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The FBI is interested in a man who North Dakota authorities say led them on an 80-mile chase and held them at bay during a 35-minute standoff before surrendering early Wednesday.

By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The FBI is interested in a man who North Dakota authorities say led them on an 80-mile chase and held them at bay during a 35-minute standoff before surrendering early Wednesday.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said he’s received calls from the FBI and authorities in Montana and South Dakota inquiring about Jonathan Lee Oliver, 39, who is wanted by the state of Oregon for absconding from probation and failure to appear on fraud charges.

Kaiser said Oliver apparently faces allegations of fraud in South Dakota and Montana, and possibly in North Dakota, related to his building construction business.

Authorities in North Dakota received information Tuesday afternoon from Missoula County, Mont., that Oliver was in North Dakota and was believed to be armed and dangerous, Highway Patrol Lt. Aaron Hummel said.

According to Hummel:

A Stutsman County deputy stopped Oliver’s vehicle on Interstate 94 near Jamestown at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Oliver spoke briefly with the deputy before taking off and leading authorities on a low-speed pursuit. He traveled east until exiting I-94 in the Oriska area, then took Barnes County roads north to State Highway 26, eluding several attempts by authorities to disable his vehicle with spike strips.

Oliver’s tires were spiked and deflated on Highway 26 near the Sibley Crossing at Lake Ashtabula north of Valley City. He entered the ditch and stayed in his vehicle, holding authorities at bay for 35 minutes before surrendering without incident at 1:11 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was injured in the pursuit and standoff, and the only damage was to Oliver’s tires.

Oliver was taken to the Stutsman County jail.

A Glock handgun was recovered from the vehicle, Hummel said.

Kaiser said charges of fleeing and attempting to elude a peace officer are possible against Oliver.

Other agencies involved included the Jamestown and Valley City police departments and sheriff’s offices from Barnes, Griggs and Steel counties.

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