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Man who led police on vehicle chase in North Dakota oil patch charged with attempted murder


WILLISTON, North Dakota — An Idaho man is charged with attempted murder after police say he tried run over an officer during a vehicle chase.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan Grunig, of Montpelier, Idaho, is facing several charges for the incident, which began early Sunday morning when police tried to pull him over for a traffic violation.

Authorities say at one point Grunig's pickup truck appeared to be stuck in a drainage ditch, at which time an officer drew his weapon and ordered Grunig out the vehicle. Grunig was able to accelerate out of the ditch and then drove toward the officer, who jumped out of the way.

The Williston Herald reports ( that Grunig also faces charges for fleeing, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Grunig.

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