Two individuals who were passengers in a reported stolen car were arrested for allegedly stealing a car.
Perry Toineeta, 26, address unavailable, and Elisha Grey, 29, address unavailable, were arrested in rural Dunn County after allegedly taking a 1997 Ford Taurus from the parking lot of a Killdeer hotel on Sept. 14.
They are accused of vehicle theft and and possession of stolen property, according to the Killdeer Police Department.
The individuals, who are enrolled membes on the Fort Berthold Reservation, were taken into custody by officers from the Three Affiliated Tribes after being stopped by a deputy from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.
Dunn County officials extradited Toineeta and Grey on Sept. 15 and were taken to Southwest County Correctional Center in Dickinson.
Thier preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Prior to their arrest, the couple had been riding in a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Brandon Larson, address unavailable, on Sept. 13.
The vehicle was stopped on the side of the road on Spring Creek Road west of Killdeer.
When the deputy ran the registraton on the vehicle, a 2015 Honda Accord, he discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Bismarck.
Toineeta and Grey got out of the vehicle while the deputy was at his patrol vehicle.
Larson then sped away and the deputy pursued, traveling west on Spring Creek Road. Larson crashed the vehicle and suffered serious injuries that necessitated the need to fly him to a Bismarck hospital.
He was released from the hospital on Wednesday, according to law enforcement.
According to Killdeer police, the couple returned to Killdeer before they could be interviewed regarding the car Larson had been driving. After they were located in town, they told officers they were unaware that the car had been reported stolen until Larson told them right before he initiated the high-speed chase.
Later that night, police received calls regarding the couple walking around town asking for a ride to Parshall, N.D., according to the report.
Police received a call of a stolen vehicle at the Cobblestone Inn about 12:30 a.m.
The victim reported that she parked her car in the parking area entered the building. When she went out to move her car, it was gone, the report said. She had a two-month-old puppy, her purse contained credit cards, checks and some cash, the report said.
A hotel employee told authorities that the couple had been hanging around the lobby.
Authorities suspected the couple based on their comments about needing a ride to Parshall.
A sheriff’s deputy drove north on Highway 22 looking for the vehicle. He located the vehicle about 3 a.m. near mile marker 131. An officer from Three Affiliated Tribes was arriving onthe scene.
During the stop, authorites saw the puppy in the vehicle, according to the report. The couple was taken into custody by the TAT officer.