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Wanted pair pulled from frigid, flooded drainage ditch in Cass County

Thomas. L. Hibpshman and Jessica Marie Trottier1 / 3
Jessica Marie Trottier2 / 3
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ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — A wanted man and woman who tried to hide from Cass County sheriff's deputies in the frigid waters of a flooded drainage ditch at around noon on Monday, April 8, near Argusville are in jail after first being taken to a hospital for hypothermia.

Deputies spotted two vehicles that appeared to be stuck on a "minimum maintenance roadway surrounded by water," about a mile southeast of Argusville, according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. The deputies were approached by two of the four people by the vehicles, who told them that the remaining man and woman may have had active warrants.

Using all-terrain vehicles, deputies started to search for the pair, later identified by officials as 39 year-old Jessica Marie Trottier and 38 year-old Thomas. L. Hibpshman, who were found "probably up to their necks" in the water, Sheriff Jesse Jahner said. The sheriff's office said the man and woman were showing early signs of hypothermia and were transported by ambulance to a Fargo-area hospital.

Trottier had warrants for a probation violation and possession of a controlled substance, and Hibpshman was wanted for a parole violation. After being treated and cleared at the hospital, the pair were taken to the Cass County Jail at about 5 p.m.

It's not known why the group was on the roadway.

Overland flooding has been affecting various parts of Cass County. Argusville is about 18 miles northwest of Fargo.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the genders of the wanted pair. They were a man and woman.