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Propane tank, floor jack thrown from vehicle during Clay County police chase

The fleeing men threw items out of the vehicle at pursuing deputies, including a propane tank and a floor jack, the Clay County sheriff said.

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MOORHEAD — Two Moorhead men are in the Clay County Jail after leading law enforcement officers on a chase up and down U.S. Highway 75 south of Moorhead starting late Tuesday night, Dec. 7, and continuing into Wednesday, according to Sheriff Mark Empting.

Arrested were Terrell Jones, 24, and Christopher Cloud, 29.

Jones was driving the vehicle in the chase that started about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday when Clay County deputies learned that a vehicle had fled from Moorhead police into the rural area south of the city.

A deputy found a vehicle with its taillights and headlights off and pulled behind him at Highway 75 and 70th Avenue South.

The driver, said Empting, didn't stop and the pursuit continued south on the highway at speeds ranging from 80 mph to 100 mph. He said there was no other traffic on the highway.

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After slowing down about 8 miles away, the vehicle turned around and headed back north. Deputies and the Minnesota State Patrol tried unsuccessfully to use stop sticks to deflate the vehicle's tires.

Jones and Cloud, the sheriff said, started throwing items out of the vehicle at the pursuing deputies, including a propane tank and a floor jack. Deputies maneuvered around the items.

When Jones reached the roundabout on Highway 75 and 60th Avenue on Moorhead's south end, he drove over the top of the roundabout, which slowed the vehicle down, the sheriff said.

Law officers were able to stop the vehicle as it veered into the ditch and the two men were taken into custody without incident.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Cloud was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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