Police chase ends in West Acres mall's first-ever lockdown (with video)
FARGO – A 33-year-old Bismarck man was arrested Tuesday night after a chase with police that ended at the West Acres mall, forcing the shopping center into its first-ever lockdown.
Kendall Scott Feist, who had warrants out for his arrest, was seen at a business in the Moorhead Industrial Park around 7 p.m., Moorhead police said.
Feist drove away from the scene before police arrived. He fled when they tried to pull him over on Main Avenue Southeast, eventually driving onto the Village Green Golf Course.
Police stopped chasing Feist when he entered the golf course because of the danger to others in the area, according to a news release from the Moorhead Police Department.
“We obviously have to weigh the need to apprehend the fugitive … versus the safety of the public,” said Moorhead police Sgt. Scott Kostohryz.
Moorhead police stopped again when Feist later drove through a construction zone on Interstate 94 at 25th Street South in Fargo. At that point, Kostohryz said, Fargo police and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation took over.
Feist eventually parked and entered the West Acres mall, which was locked down for a brief time while police arrested him.
It was the first time the mall had been locked down for an actual emergency, said mall director of marketing Alyssa Adams.
Police arrested Feist and booked him in Cass County Jail for his outstanding felony warrants, which include drug-related charges. He also faces felony charges for fleeing police and criminal damage to property.
Kostohryz said police also detained a passenger in Feist’s car but released him because he had no warrants out for his arrest.