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Published October 05, 2011, 07:14 PM

Area farmers help drive fugitive from field

Tower City, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 50 law enforcement officers helped in that search, and they are crediting one family with playing a MAJOR role in finding Megna. The Smith family gathered a team of 6 combines to harvest more than 80 acres to drive Megna out of that field.

More than 50 law enforcement officers helped in that search, and they are crediting one family with playing a MAJOR role in finding Megna. The Smith family gathered a team of 6 combines to harvest more than 80 acres to drive Megna out of that field. After one sleepless night, tonight the family says, will be much different.

After a merciless search by planes, helicopters and 7 different law enforcement teams it was local farmers who came to the aid to put Megna back in jail tonight.

The massive manhunt took a turn around noon today as the combines started to roll in to the Smith farmstead. Law enforcement officers hopped on board, fully armed and took off on a tear to find Megna.

Dennis Smith – Helped Capture Megna: "We decided that at the last minute, that if the corn was ready to take off, that this was the thing to do We went after it and we did it."

Dennis Smith is looking after his parent’s house, where authorities found Megna sleeping in a barn early this morning. After he was spotted by a deputy, Megna, took off running and was heard shouting "You can’t shoot me, I'm unarmed."

Dennis Smith: "You never think, you know out here in a rural area you just don't think that type of thing could happen. But it does I guess."

It was Smith, who gathered the 9 combines and more than 10 semi's to push Megna off his land. Dennis, along with his wife Adele had one night of unrest and were bound to turn in knowing a fugitive is back behind bars.

Adele Smith – Rural Tower City: "We will sleep tonight. We will all sleep tonight for sure."

The family, and as you can imagine every officer out here were thankful this ended on a peaceful note. As for the private transport company who authorities say is responsible for Megna fleeing, they say local law enforcement will seek payment for all the resources that were used in this search.

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