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Published May 19, 2011, 01:40 PM

Neighbors hunt down suspected car thief who crashed into a light pole

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A suspected car thief picked the wrong neighborhood to crash the car he was accused of stealing. A handful of neighbors tonight are being credited with his arrest: A citizen's arrest. A neighborhood banded together to hunt down the suspected thief.

BEVERLY ENGEN - Saw Suspect Flee: “It was loud, I mean the screech was like so loud, and then the crash, so I got up and came outside and looked and saw a car had hit something.”

In what Beverly Engen calls only a matter of minutes, the driver of this Black Oldsmobile Alero hit a light pole at 518 4th Avenue East in West Fargo, ran away, and was tackled and placed under citizen’s arrest by a group of neighbors.

Engen: “My boyfriend took after him and started yelling at him to get back here, get back here.”

Neighbors tell us the suspect led them on a hide and seek like chase through these backyards before he was finally tackled and taken into custody right here.

LT. DUANE SALL - West Fargo Police: “To actually chase somebody fleeing from a scene, not to often that happens and they did a great job.”

Police say 25-year-old Marlin Hulst stole his girlfriend’s vehicle who was visiting someone in West Fargo. Although police don't advise ever approaching a suspect, they say this one turned out okay.

Sall: “I think it's a great example of people watching and looking what happens in their community and being aware of it and taking action.”

Hulst was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, hit-and-run, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Hulst remains in the Cass County Jail. Bail has not yet been set.