High-Speed Vehicle Pursuit

On June 8, 2023 at approx. 8:30 PM, The Richland County Sheriff Office received information that Williams County North Dakota Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed pursuit of vehicle occupied by 2 individuals. They were requesting assistance should the suspect vehicle travel into Richland County Montana.

Suspect vehicle was subsequently stopped in Richland County South of Fairview on County Rd. #356.

The suspect driver identified as John Lee Tester 50 years of age, a North Dakota Resident was subsequently taken into custody by the Richland County Sheriff Office and incarcerated in the Richland County Detention Center. Formal charges are pending charging the suspect with various traffic offenses and as a fugitive of justice from the State of ND. The passenger was released w/o charges.

No one was injured and there was no property damage as a result of the event.

Thank you to the multiple agencies that did respond to ensure this incident ended safely.

John K. Dynneson

Richland County Sheriff


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