Man Steals Police Cruiser After Confrontation With Cops, Crashes Car Into A Semi Then Dies

The man who stole a Grand Forks police car and died minutes later in a crash on Interstate 29 Monday, May 6, was facing three felony charges when officers tried to arrest him outside a Dollar Tree store.



Officers were making a welfare check on a man at a south Grand Forks business Monday afternoon, May 6, when they learned that he had a warrant for his arrest.




A scuffle then ensued as officers attempted to arrest Poitra on an outstanding warrant. According to police, the man became violent, attempted to disarm an officer and broke the officer’s holster in the process.

The man then stole a police car and fled the scene, where he got into a crash with a semi-truck.




The man died on the scene while the semi driver is unharmed but “shaken up,” police said.

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