Bismarck man accused of fleeing police with 2 young children in vehicle; charged with neglect

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A 41-year-old Bismarck man is facing charges after allegedly fleeing police with two young children in his vehicle.

John Flaska is charged with felony child neglect and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He could face up to six years in prison if convicted. Court documents do not list an attorney for him.

Police say Flaska was spotted shortly after midnight Sunday driving at a high rate of speed, with his headlights off. They say he abandoned the vehicle after officers gave chase and fled with the 5- and 14-year-old children on foot. They were found hiding behind a garden shed.

The children are in the custody of social services.

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