Man Sentenced After Leading Police on 100-MPH Chase Through National Park

by Matthew Memrick

A North Dakota man got a seven-year jail sentence in May after being found guilty for driving 100 mph through a national park, among other charges.

The Bismarck Tribune reported that Clancey Lone Fight, 34, led state and federal authorities through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 

Later, Lone Fight tried to avoid police in a January stolen-car chase. 

The park’s speed limit is 25 mph.

The majestic park is open year-round, with roughly 600,000 people visiting the park annually. The park started recording the number of visitors in 1948, with 26,778 that year.

The summer months of June, July, and August are most popular. Visitors can camp and hike during their stay. Numerous animals, like bison, elk, deer, and wild horses, live at the park. The national park also has other smaller mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. 

A Bunch of Charges

In May, the jury found Lone Flight guilty of domestic assault by a habitual offender, fleeing law officers, entering the park without paying, disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle outside of approved park roads, and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. 

The jury acquitted him on a charge of assaulting his passenger, Gabriella Perez-Goodbird. 

Before the chase, Lone Fight and a passenger ditched a car and went their separate ways in the national park.

The 19-year-old woman walked through the park after abandoning the vehicle.

The woman told the court she separated from Lone Fight at one point. She walked miles in search of a road and slept two nights in the park amid coyotes. The experience turned tragic, however, as frostbite to her left foot resulted in amputation.

Chief Park Ranger Joshua Wentz said Perez-Goodbird was only wearing sneakers, thin sweat/pajama-type pants, a hoodie, and a light jacket during the ordeal. Temperatures were below zero in the national park due to wind chills.

Authorities did not charge Perez-Goodbird with any crimes.

Lone Fight’s Trouble 

After the split with Perez-Goodbird, the man took refuge in a cave on Jan. 25. He reached Interstate 94, which runs through the park, and searched for medical attention in Dickinson for frostbite on Jan. 27.

Police reported a Jan. 25 call of a stolen pickup truck in Fairfield. Soon after, officers gave chase near the Fryburg exit off I-94. 

Lone Fight drove national park roads and across open prairie to avoid capture. He abandoned the truck near a dead end on the park’s Scenic Loop Road.

In addition to the seven-year sentence, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland also revoked Lone Fight’s supervised release on a previous conviction because he failed to report for drug screenings. That decision came with an eight-month prison sentence for the man which Lone Fight will also serve.

State court records show the man still faces Billings County charges of felony reckless endangerment, fleeing police, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.