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Drone helps police capture man fleeing with stolen tow truck in Mandan (ND)


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MANDAN, N.D. — A man allegedly stole a tow truck in Mandan on Monday then drove it into a slough as he was trying to flee from police.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Mandan police received a report of a stolen tow truck around 12:45 p.m. Dec. 10. A trooper saw the truck on Interstate 94 near the Bismarck a short time later and tried to stop the vehicle.

The driver didn't stop; instead he fled east and eventually turned off exit 176, near McKenzie and headed south.

In a further attempt to elude officers, the suspect drove the tow truck off the road into a field. Officers initially lost sight of the vehicle but found it a short time later in a large slough southwest of McKenzie.

A Highway Patrol airplane along with a Burleigh County Sheriff's Office drone were brought to the area and the suspect was found and watched as officers closed in on his location. He was arrested without incident.

The Highway Patrol did not identify the man, but said he faces possible charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing, reckless driving and driving under suspension.



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