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Men escaping from county treatment center stopped on Hwy 78

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Two men who allegedly started a fire as a diversion to escape from an Otter Tail County treatment center were pulled over on July 30 along Hwy 78, near Battle Lake.


Michael Dilly Bernhard, 34, of Cloquet, Minn., is being charged on one count of arson, a felony, for the alleged incident.

According to the criminal complaint, Bernhard, along with another patient, started a Styrofoam cup on fire near the fire alarm in the male bathroom of the CARE Center in Fergus Falls.

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