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Police capture fleeing Brainerd man

The man ran from law enforcement about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, after they attempted to arrest him on the 7000 block of Hilltop View Road.

Officers gather along the road next to a law enforcement vehicle while a boat goes by on the lake.
Law enforcement officers search for the Brainerd man who ran from law enforcement Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, after they attempted to arrest him on the 7000 block of Hilltop View Road.
Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch
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BRAINERD — A 42-year-old Brainerd man ran from law enforcement about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, after they attempted to arrest him on the 7000 block of Hilltop View Road, along South Long Lake, in Crow Wing County.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office news release reported the man fled from the residence on foot and disappeared in the area around South Long Lake.

Deputies called for the assistance of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team and a Morrison County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.

A section of County Highway 22 and Hilltop View Road was closed at Highway 25 during the search.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office Facebook page reported deputy Austin Scherping and K-9 Bane were called to assist.


Bane was deployed and quickly acquired the track and continued to track the man through tall grass, thick vegetation and swampy areas, arriving at the edge of a lake where Bane began pulling down to the shoreline.

The post states that due to the terrain they were forced to back out and re-deploy a short distance down the shoreline. While searching this section of swamp and shoreline the suspect was located around 6:20 p.m. and taken into custody.

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The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reports the man was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the Crow Wing County Jail after being treated at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and released.

He was arrested for felony stalking and three felony drug charges.

Assisting at the scene were the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Brainerd Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Brainerd Fire Department and North Memorial Health Ambulance.

TIM SPEIER, staff writer, can be reached on Twitter @timmy2thyme , call 218-855-5859 or email tim.speier@brainerddispatch.com .

Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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