Escaped inmate remains loose in Williston

Preston Sonstegaard

WILLISTON, N.D. — Authorities here are asking residents to make sure their homes, garages, campers and sheds are locked as an escaped inmate remains on the loose.

Preston Sonstegaard, who was being held at the Williams County Correctional Center on probation revocation charges, escaped early Tuesday while being treated at the Mercy Medical Center emergency room in Williston.

Wednesday morning, a man gave Sonstegaard a ride to the 700 block of 18th Street East in Williston, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man found out who Sonstegaard was and reported to police he was in the area, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sonstegaard left on foot from there. Officers searched the area and were unable to locate Sonstegaard. He is now reported to be wearing a baggy green sweatshirt and baggy blue jeans. Sonstegaard, 25, is 5-foot-6, 125 pounds and has blue eyes.

The public is asked to immediately dial 911 if they see Sonstegaard.

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