CROOKSTON, Minn. - A woman here was injured after reportedly stealing a University of North Dakota police cruiser in Grand Forks and crashing in a ditch near the University of Minnesota campus in Crookston.
UND police say they were originally called to the Hamline Square Apartments in Grand Forks on Sunday morning at 8:42 a.m.
Authorities say they received disturbance calls of an intoxicated woman wandering the area.
When police arrived on scene, they proceeded to search the area for the woman. At some point, they say the woman stole the police cruiser and sped away towards the Crookston area on Highway 2.
The woman reportedly crashed the police cruiser in a ditch off eastbound Highway 2 and went into the left ditch near the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus at the intersection of Highway 75 at 9:22 a.m.
The vehicle rolled and the driver was taken to a hospital for minor injuries that were non-life-threatening.
There was extensive damage to the cruiser in the rollover, which caused the engine to fly out of the vehicle.
The Minnesota State Patrol identified the driver as Kasandra Ellis, 23, of Columbia, MO. UND police say she was not a student of the college.