Williams County Sheriff’s Office apprehends suspect after vehicle, foot pursuit

Posted on September 12, 2022

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September 12, 2022

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Williams County Sheriff’s Office apprehends suspect after vehicle, foot pursuit

WILLISTON, N.D. (September 12, 2022) – On Sunday, September 11, 2022, at approximately 8 am, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to assist the Williston Police Department with stopping a fleeing vehicle. The Williston Police Department initially pursued the vehicle and Sheriff’s Office Deputies took lead once the vehicle exited city limits.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 2, exceeding speeds of 100 mph, and was driving recklessly across the center median, posing a significant danger to oncoming traffic. At one point while crossing the median, the vehicle collided with a Williams County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and caused extensive damage. The vehicle then crashed into an unoccupied building, ending the vehicle pursuit, but the driver exited the vehicle and continued to flee on foot. Deputies followed and were able to successfully apprehended the driver and take him into custody. The Sheriff’s Office is thankful to report that no major injuries occurred as the result of this incident.

The driver has been identified as 34-year-old James Magley of Williston. He is currently being held in the Williams County Correctional Center on the following charges:

  • Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – A Misdemeanor
  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a motor vehicle – B Misdemeanor
  • Driving under Suspension – B Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Endangerment (2 counts) – C Felony
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a Peace Officer – C Felony

Citations were also written for:

  • Driving the wrong way on a one way
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to use traffic signal
  • Speeding (106 mph in a 55 mph)
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • Fleeing on foot




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