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Man steals Becker County squad car, prompts high speed chase

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A stolen squad car and a high speed chase over the weekend landed a Ponsford man in jail.

Dyllon James Glatzmaier, 22, made his first court appearance Monday on two counts of vehicle theft, one count of fleeing a police officer and felony drug possession.

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According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began Sunday evening around 6:15 when a Becker County deputy stopped to assist Glatzmaier, who was sitting in his vehicle alongside the road on Highway 34 near Witter Avenue in Osage.

When the officer asked Glatzmaier who he was and what he was doing, Glatzmaier reportedly said he was waiting for his sister, but changed his story.

According to the report, he also gave the officer a false name.

Glatzmaier was informed he would be detained until they could “figure out who he was,” and a standard search of his body produced hydrocodone pills.

According to the criminal report, once Glatzmaier was informed he would be charged with possessing a controlled substance, he admitted his real name.

An outstanding warrant came up on Glatzmaier, prompting the officer to place him under arrest.

According to the sheriff’s office, Glatzmaier sat in the back of the patrol car handcuffed with his hands behind his back while the deputy conducted a search of his vehicle.

During the search, Glatzmaier was able to get the handcuffs in front of him and climb through an opening between the rear and front seat.

Police say Glatzmaier then stole the patrol car, nearly hitting the officer as he left the scene and drove approximately one mile to where law enforcement found the car abandoned in Osage.

Glatzmaier fled on foot, sending police on an extensive search of the area.

Just before 8 p.m., Becker County Sheriff’s dispatch received a report of a stolen Oldsmobile mini-van from a residence several miles northwest of Osage.

When officers located the stolen van, the driver began fleeing, taking law enforcement on a high speed chase that stretched 18 miles.

The chase, which topped speeds of 90 to 100 miles per hour, ended when officers deployed tire-deflation devices at the intersection of county roads 58 and 44.

Glatzmaier was identified as the driver of that vehicle.

Becker County officers were assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Hubbard County deputies, the Cass County K9 unit and police departments from White Earth, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Frazee and Callaway-Ogema, as well as Wolf Lake Rescue.

Bail for Glatzmaier was set at $75,000 with conditions, $150,000 without.

His next court appearance is set for July 7.

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