Sheriff news: K-9 unit tracks down suspect
Shortly after 3 a.m. on May 4, a Becker County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Highland Drive, near the intersection of Highway 34, for not having working tail lights.
After the vehicle stopped, the driver fled on foot. The deputy was advised by the sheriff's dispatch office that the vehicle was stolen.
The K-9 team of Deputy Cody Bouchie and Cooper responded to find the driver. After tracking through several yards and swamps, K-9 Cooper found the subject, Dean Alan Sargent, 40, of Detroit Lakes, hiding in a swamp north of Highway 34, about three-quarters of a mile from the traffic stop.
Sargent was booked into the Becker County Jail, with charges pending of receiving stolen property, driving after his license had been canceled as inimical to public safety, DWI test refusal, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, and fleeing a peace officer on foot.
The Detroit Lakes Police Department assisted at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.
In other sheriff’s office news:
- The theft of a student’s filtered mobile hotspot device used at home for remote schoolwork was reported at 12:47 p.m. May 11 on the 35000 block of Mission Road, Ogema.
- A watercraft inspector reported the theft of items shortly after 8 p.m. May 10 after he left his vehicle unattended and unlocked for a short period of time at the Lake Melissa public access. A duffel bag, clothing, and other items were taken.
- At about 3:30 p.m. May 10, a woman reported being assaulted by a man in the Ponsford area. Tribal police are handling the case.
- At 6:13 p.m. May 9 a law enforcement pursuit was reported in the Becker County Road 121-Wolf Lake Tower Road area. Deputies and state troopers were involved in the pursuit for about three hours, according to the incident report. No other details were available.
- Shortly after noon May 9, a Moorhead man who was bowfishing in the Shoreham area reported the theft of a bow in a case, valued at about $750, from a vehicle parked in the Shoreham Hotel area.
- Shortly after 5 p.m. May 8 the sheriff’s office received a complaint about ATVs tearing around on private property on the 20000 block of Evergreen Shores on Little Floyd Lake. An officer spoke to the juvenile driving the ATV and explained that a helmet must be worn and an ATV safety course must be completed before it’s legal to drive.
- Shortly after 11 a.m. May 8, a burglary was reported on the 33000 block of Mary Yellowhead Road, Ogema. A resident reported that a neighbor had broken into a shed and taken an air compressor. After investigation, it turned out to be a civil matter.
- Shortly before 6 p.m. on May 7, a person on the 20000 block of Highway 34 reported that possible stolen items had been seen in a family member’s storage unit.
- Just after 11 a.m. May 7, a Plymouth, Minn., man reported a cabin burglary on County Road 37 in the Shell Lake area. A number of items were taken, including a duck boat and trailer.