Weird news

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March 31, 2017

A driver who called for help after running out of gas is accused of stealing a deputy's squad car in South Dakota and leading authorities in a pursuit before once again running out of fuel.

Troy James is charged with felony grand theft. Officials say James called for assistance early Monday on Highway 281 near the town of Tulare, saying his car had stopped and he apparently ran out of fuel.

Sheriff Kevin Schurch told the Aberdeen American News that the responding deputy tried to detain James because he was acting bizarrely. Schurch says James pushed the officer out of the squad and took off. He says James was apparently armed.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol and other officers joined in pursuing James. He was eventually caught about 140 miles (225 kilometres) away.

A New Jersey family travelling through northern Indiana got a shock when a 30-pound turkey crashed through their vehicle's windshield.

LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Captain Michael Kellems says the flying bird collided on Tuesday with the family's rented SUV. The dead turkey was left lodged in the shattered windshield as driver John Tarabocchia of Emerson, New Jersey, pulled over along US. 20.

Kellems says he has been an officer for 31 years, and has "never seen something like that."

He says Tarabocchia and his three passengers suffered only minor cuts.

Tarabocchia told The Indianapolis Star that his family was headed to a Chicago airport to return home after visiting his daughter at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.