A conversation on speakerphone overheard in the woods led to criminal charges being filed against a Frazee man.
Andrew Duane Probasco, 33, of Frazee was charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor fleeing an officer on foot.
According to court records, at 7:18 p.m. on Aug. 13 a Becker County sheriff’s sergeant clocked a black motorcycle going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone in rural Becker County.
As he turned the squad around and activated his emergency lights, he could see in his driver’s side mirror the motorcycle accelerating very rapidly and speeding away. The vehicle pursuit lasted 1.6 miles, and ended when the deputy saw the motorcycle lying on its side in a ditch. He drove past the crash and as he was turning around, he saw Probasco get up and flee into the woods, according to the criminal complaint.
The officer pursued him into the woods, and as he searched, he overheard a man’s voice, sounding like somebody talking on a cellphone on speakerphone, saying that “he had run from the cops and crashed his motorcycle, but that he was okay.” The officer found him soon after that and arrested him.
On Aug. 15, Probasco appeared before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set cash bail at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $15,000 with no conditions of release.