updated 7/9/2005 5:50:54 AM ET 2005-07-09T09:50:54

A sheriff’s deputy and a former lawmaker reached speeds of nearly 100 mph while trying flee from law enforcement officers, and both admitted they had been drinking, authorities said.

Griggs County Chief Deputy Bob Hook acknowledged being the driver in the July Fourth chase, and was demoted and put on probation, the authorities said. Dan Wogsland, a former state Senate minority leader, owned the car and was the passenger, officials said.

The 11-mile chase started south of Hannaford, and ended with the two men allegedly abandoning the car in a field and fleeing on foot. The two men did not contact law enforcement for another 12 hours, Highway Patrol Capt. James Nygaard said.

Hook was on call that night, and other officers actually tried contacting him to assist in the chase, Sheriff Paul Hendrickson said.

Hook apologized on Friday, saying he did not “have an excuse” to justify his actions. “Red lights came on. I got scared and panicked, considering my job and everything,” Hook said. “I made a horrible, horrible decision I’m going to have to live with the rest of my life.”

Wogsland said that he did not expect to face charges because he only got caught up in Hook’s mistake.

“He made a bad decision,” Wogsland said. “I can’t answer for that. I was just an innocent bystander in this thing.”

Wogsland declined to discuss details of the incident, but said neither he nor Hook was drunk.

Nygaard said fleeing charges were possible next week. Authorities were meeting with the state’s attorney, he said.

Hook will not face drunken driving charges because too much time passed after the chase ended, and there was no physical evidence, Nygaard said.

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