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Published October 01 2012

Authorities ID man apprehended after fleeing crash southwest of Mapleton

DURBIN, N.D. – A man apprehended by deputies Sunday night after he fled from the scene of a serious injury accident is now in the Cass County Jail.

Rodolfo Rodriguez III, 20, of Durbin, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and additional charges are possible, said Capt. Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The passenger, 19-year-old Michael Robert Foley of Fargo, was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained chest and head injuries and was unconscious at the scene, Niewind said.

Foley was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center here. His condition is unknown.

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. on Cass County Road 9 north of Cass County Road 6 near Durbin, which is 11 miles southwest of Mapleton.

Rodriguez was allegedly driving a 1998 Nissan Maxima when he lost control of the car and it hit a guardrail on the bridge and rolled on the roadway, the patrol stated in a news release.

Rodriguez was seen running through a farm field and into the Maple River, said Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

An extensive search involving sheriff’s deputies – including all-terrain vehicles, an airboat and canine unit – the North Dakota Highway Patrol and local firefighters ended at 9:01 p.m. when a deputy spotted Rodriguez in a sugar beet field.

Rodriguez was apprehended and treated at Essentia Health in Fargo before being taken to jail.

The crash remains under investigation.