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Moorhead Police Step Up Gas Drive-Off Enforcement

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Starting Monday, Moorhead police are stepping up enforcement of gas drive-offs.

Until about 10 years ago, Moorhead police like other Minnesota law enforcement agencies would respond to calls of gas drive-offs. But limited police resources were being used to collect payment, so the Minnesota Legislature passed a law allowing civil remedies for station owners.

But the recent sharp rise in gas prices is leading to more gas drive-offs. So Moorhead police say they’ll now respond to gas drive-offs if asked.

Suspects can face criminal charges with a fine, restitution and possible suspension of driving privileges. Or offenders may be asked to accompany the officer back to the gas station to pay for their gas along with a $30 service charge.

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