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Squad car thief leads authorities on high-speed chase before arrest

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A 22-year-old man who stole a Becker County Sheriff’s squad car led authorities on an 18-mile high-speed chase – in another stolen vehicle – before he was stopped and arrested Saturday night.

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A Becker County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Dyllon James Glatzmaier of Ponsford, Minn., on an arrest warrant just after 6 p.m. Saturday in Osage. While handcuffed in the back seat of the squad car, Glatzmaier moved his handcuffs to the front of his body and climbed into the front seat while the deputy was searching Glatzmaier’s car, according to a news release.

Glatzmaier drove the squad car just a mile before abandoning it and fleeing on foot.

After hours of unsuccessful searching, the Becker County Sheriff’s office received a report of a stolen mini-van northwest of Osage at about 10 p.m. Officers chased the suspect for 18 miles at speeds that reached 90 to 100 mph before the van’s tires were blown by a tire deflation device. The vehicle, again stolen by Glatzmaier, drove another mile before stopping.

Glatzmaier was booked into Becker County Jail with two pending counts of vehicle theft and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle. The sheriff’s office said Saturday that it was familiar with Glatzmaier, but that he did not pose a threat to the public. 

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