NORTHWOOD — A pursuit that started in southern Minnesota and ended in Worth County early Saturday morning has landed two Albert Lea people in jail.

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified at about 1:25 AM of a pursuit that was southbound from Freeborn County. The pursuit continued to the 214 mile marker of Interstate 35 in Worth County where it was terminated.

Shortly afterward, the suspect vehicle was found in the ditch at the 217 mile marker, where it was unoccupied. A drone was used to locate the two suspects who were hiding in a soybean field near the intersection of Marks Hill Road and Hickory Avenue.

22-year-old Nena Hardy and 22-year-old Rodolfo Valdez, both from Albert Lea, were arrested. Hardy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was being held in the Worth County Jail on $1000 bond. Valdez was being held without bond at the jail for an out-of-state warrant.

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