This morning, at approximately 4:31 a.m., Officers of the Grand Forks Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle in the 1500 block of South Washington St. for failing to stop at a posted stop sign. A short pursuit ensued, and the vehicle stopped in the 2300 block of South 12th St. The driver fled on foot, and a short foot pursuit ensued. The male suspect was apprehended hiding in a dumpster. The suspect was secured in a squad car, and he attempted to slip his handcuffs off. Officers attempted to resecure the male, and he began to resist the efforts. During the altercation, one of the officers suffered a broken arm. The investigation revealed that the vehicle the male was driving was stolen out of Grand Forks.
The injured officer, Cpl. Luke Wentz is a seven-year veteran of the police department. He was treated for his injuries at Altru ER and was released.
The male suspect was identified as Bugwuji Hill, 19 years old, of Grand Forks. Hill was charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Fleeing on Foot, Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, and Resisting Arrest. He was confined at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.