MAPLETON (AP) - A Michigan man and woman are in custody in Cass County after a police chase involving a U-Haul truck.
The chase began late Friday afternoon when officers responded to a reported gas drive-off in Mapleton, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Officers chased the truck for about 30 miles before the driver turned it off the road and began to cross fields. The truck eventually became disabled in the bottom of a ditch, authorities said.
The man and woman, both 20 years old and from Jackson, Mich., were being held Saturday on several charges, including drug charges. They had not been formally charged in court. The sheriff's office said the man also is reported AWOL from the military.
Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said Saturday that he did not immediately have any additional information about the military case, other than that the AWOL alert came from the Army.
Laney said the Cass County state's attorney's office would be in contact with military officials to decide how to proceed with the case against the man. He said options range from dismissing the criminal charges and turning the man over the military, to having the man go through the criminal process first.
Laney did not immediately know the size of the U-Haul truck, but he said it had a governor that restricted the truck's speed to a maximum of 60 mph.
"Not much of a pursuit. It wasn't high speeds," he said.
Officials with the Ransom County sheriff's department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol also were involved in the chase. Laney said it is the first he can remember involving a U-Haul truck.
"Trying to outrun squad cars … in the wide-open North Dakota prairie in a U-Haul truck is pretty hard to believe," he said. "Desperate people do desperate things."