Man Arrested After Leading Officers on Foot Chase in Valley City Sunday

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

A Valley City man was arrested after allegedly leading police officers on a foot chase through a field in Valley City Sunday.

According to a release from Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson, officer Major Hopp pulled over a brown and tan truck on the 900 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast in Valley City at about 5:25 p.m. after observing and verifying that passenger Shelton Ard, 37, had a warrant for his arrest.

Thompson said as Hopp approached the vehicle, Ard exited the truck and began running through a field on the 1100 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast.

Hopp and officer Nick Horner chased him on foot and gave repeated verbal commands for Ard to stop.

"The officers were eventually able to overtake Ard and take him into custody without incident," the release said.

With Ard in custody, Hopp and Horner as well as Barnes County Sheriff's Deputies who responded to assist in the chase retraced Ard's path and searched the area, where they found three plastic bags containing what is believed to be marijuana, Thompson said.

During the booking process, $360 in small bills was seized as evidence. Ard was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, and refusing to halt, a Class B misdemeanor, Barnes County State's Attorney Carl Martineck said Monday. The outstanding warrant was for failing to pay child support, Thompson said. Ard's bail was set at $500 cash Monday afternoon, Martineck said.

The investigation is continuing and the Valley City Police Department asks that anyone with information on this case contact (701) 845-3110.