- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man accused of stealing a Bureau of Indian Affairs squad car and smashing it into a light pole says he will plead guilty.

John Champagne, of Belcourt, is charged in federal court with damage to government property. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The incident happened in December. Authorities say Champagne took off in the vehicle while police were responding to a domestic incident.

The collision caused more than $8,000 worth of damage to the patrol vehicle.


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