UPDATE: Authorities arrest man accused of hitting deputy with car
A Brainerd man accused of hitting a Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputy with a car to escape custody Wednesday was apprehended three hours later the same day.
Brandon Morris was visiting his probation officer at the Crow Wing County Judicial Center in Brainerd at about 4:10 p.m. when he took off in his car with law enforcement in vehicular pursuit.
"It was one of our court officers who was trying to effect an arrest of an individual in the parking lot of the courthouse," Lt. Joe Meyer of the sheriff's office said before the suspect's apprehension.
The 33-year-old suspect was eventually located at a friend's residence in the 600 block of Southwest Sixth Street at about 6:20 p.m. and was taken into custody without resisting.
"While talking with the officer, the suspect put the car in reverse and turned sharply, striking the officer and causing some injury," Meyer said.
A North Memorial Medical Center ambulance responded to the judicial center to treat the sheriff's deputy, whose left arm was injured.
"The officer has been treated and released from the hospital. We're not going to identify him at this point," Meyer said.
About eight vehicles from the Brainerd and Baxter police departments and the sheriff's office set up a perimeter centered around the Central College Lakes football field to catch the suspect.
The perimeter, set up at about 5 p.m., included law enforcement officers along Highland Scenic Road and Cora Street to the west and north, in an area bordered by West College Drive to the south and east.
Meyer said after the perimeter was established, the suspect's vehicle was found but the suspect, who Meyer characterized as "not a threat to the public," was not with the vehicle.
"A member of the public provided information as to where he possibly might be. They were right," Meyer said.