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Handcuffed man accused of stealing Becker County squad car, leading police on chase

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – 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, and one count each of fleeing a police officer and felony drug possession.

According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began around 6:15 p.m. Sunday when a Becker County deputy stopped to assist Glatzmaier, who was sitting in his vehicle alongside Highway 34 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 criminal report, he also gave the officer a false name.

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

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

An outstanding warrant on Glatzmaier prompted the officer to place him under arrest.

The sheriff’s office said that 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 said Glatzmaier then stole the patrol car, nearly hitting the officer as he left the scene and drove about a 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 minivan from a residence several miles northwest of Osage.

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

The chase, which topped speeds of 90 to 100 mph, ended when officers deployed tire-deflation devices at 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 K-9 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 and $150,000 without.

His next court appearance is set for July 7.