Forum staff reports, Published December 10 2009
Gas station manager hops onto SUV to stop drive-offMOORHEAD – A gas station manager hopped onto a sport utility vehicle Wednesday to try to stop a woman he believed to be a repeat offender of gas drive-offs, police said.
According to Lt. Tory Jacobson:
Police responded to the incident, which initially was reported as a kidnapping, at 8:49 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday station at 400 21st St. S.
The manager told police he’d observed the vehicle drive off twice before without paying for gas.
When the woman put $20 worth of gas in the SUV, the manager went out to confront her. As she started to drive off, he stood on the SUV’s running board, and the vehicle carried him a few blocks before stopping in the 400 block of 18th Street South.
Police were still trying to sort out what happened and whether a crime occurred, Jacobson said, calling the manager’s actions “a risky maneuver.”