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Posted on: October 15, 2022

[ARCHIVED] West Fargo Police Department responds to Friday, Oct. 14 pursuit

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At approximately 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, the West Fargo Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Brookwood Lane. 

After officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled to the 1700 block of Main Avenue. The West Fargo Police Department utilized a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) on the suspect vehicle, safely ending the pursuit. 

Aaron Charette, a 29-year-old male from Fargo, North Dakota, was identified as the driver. Bethany Morin, a 24-year-old female from Moorhead, Minnesota, was identified as the passenger. Charette faces multiple charges including fleeing, driving under suspension, reckless driving, possession of a concealed weapon and multiple arrest warrants for felony narcotic charges. Morin faces multiple charges including felony possession of methamphetamine, multiple outstanding felony warrants, and felony possession of a firearm. Additional charges are possible.

The PIT technique is a controlled maneuver that is a safe and effective way to end pursuits when the suspect vehicle is fleeing law enforcement. West Fargo Police Department officers have recently conducted PIT maneuver training as another tool to safely end pursuits in order to protect the greater community. 

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