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Man takes police on a high-speed chase through a golf course

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In a scene straight out of Grand Theft Auto, a North Dakota man took police on a high-speed chase through a Moorhead, Minn. golf course, although he did show some pretty decent course etiquette for a fugitive.

Officers were looking to serve the 33-year-old man, Kendall Feist, with warrants on several drug charges, according to reports. Instead of obliging to the officers’ demands, Feist took off in his beige pick-up truck, followed by three police vehicles and a helicopter onto Village Green Golf Course.

“I looked out the window and saw a pick-up truck coming straight down the driving range,” said Mark Rasmussen, a pro-shop employee at the golf course told WHO-TV. “He swerved out of the way and cut across the fairway … people [were] running to get out of his way.”

Golfers playing the course can be seen in the video scattering from the oncoming vehicles. The concern for public safety has become an issue within the Moorhead Police Department, as it has opened an internal investigation regarding how the situation was handled by its police force.

Feist successfully got the police off his tail on the course, but the chase resumed when his truck was spotted on a local highway. Officers eventually apprehended him when they noticed his truck parked at West Acres Shopping Mall, located across state lines in Fargo, N.D., according to reports. He received felony drug charges with additional felony charges for fleeing from police.

Most importantly, no golfers were hurt during their rounds of golf at the course.

“People heard sirens and commotion, and it may have caused some three putts,” said Russ Nelson, the head pro of Village Green Golf Course. “The big deal was that he got caught and no one got hurt.”

All of the golfers on the course were able to complete their rounds and no major damage was done to the golf course. In the video, Feist can be seen swerving to avoid one green and the two other greens that he did drive over left minimal damage other than tire tracks, according to Nelson. Village Green Golf Course is open and is accepting tee times on a regular schedule.

It seems that golfers can learn something from this. If a fugitive on a high-speed chase can take the time to avoid damaging a green, shouldn’t golfers everywhere be able to repair a few extra ball marks?

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

11 Comments

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  1. Mike

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    This is my home course. He actually didn’t do too much visible damage. He went over one green, but I couldn’t even tell two days after.

    I’m just glad he didn’t hit somebody.

  2. yo!

    Jun 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I would mitigate his punishment because he did not drive on the green.

  3. Ftwphil

    Jun 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Ya there is no room for fun in golf!

  4. KK

    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Police chase during your tee shot? Go ahead, take the mulligan, bro.

  5. Nick

    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Nice course

  6. Brian

    Jun 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Even criminals know not to drive up on the greens…

  7. Pat M

    Jun 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I guess they let him play through.

  8. Kevin

    Jun 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    QUIET ON THE TEE!

  9. hebron1427

    Jun 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    this is mildly tangentially related to golf.

    • Rich

      Jun 20, 2014 at 5:04 am

      C’mon man! This site needs more stories like this one rather than all the stupid stuff about one TW that we are subjected to every second of the day.

      • Hieronymus

        Jun 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

        You obviously have a TW fetish. You cannot help but spew TW on every article even though this one has nothing to do with TW. Troll.

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A delightful touch is the location of the Acknowledgements section in the front of the book. Typically relegated to one of the final pages that we skip past, before closing the cover, this is not the case here. Whitehead recognizes the invaluable assistance of his supporting cast, and situates them front and center. Good for you, Mr. Whitehead.

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The old carpenter’s motto of measure twice and cut once can certainly be applied when considering a purchase of this volume. Abandon its opportunity and you risk a return trip to the lumber yard, at considerable expense. Take advantage of what it has to offer, and your trip’s chances at success are doubled at the very least.

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