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Clara City man faces felony for running from law on motorcycle

WILLMAR -- A 20-year-old Clara City man made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Unconditional bail was set at $5,000 for Daniel Aaron Ammermann. Conditional release was allowed on his person recognizance. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is June 7.

Ammermann also faces misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid motorcycle endorsement and no proof of insurance.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy received a report from dispatch around 8:45 p.m. Sunday of three motorcycles travelling southbound in excess of 80 mph along Highway 23.

The de-puty lo-cated the motorcycles and used his radar to determine they were moving at 82 mph.

The speed limit is 65 mph.

The deputy pursued with lights and sirens. One cycle continued, one stopped and the other sped up and turned off the highway.

Lance Kruger, 20, of Clara City, was identified as the cyclist who stopped. He was cited for speeding.

Kruger said he and Ammermann had gone to Spicer, drove around the lake and got something to eat.

Kruger said they were with another cyclist who left the restaurant before them and they were speeding to catch up with him.

A responding Willmar police officer was near the intersection of County Road 41 and 26th Avenue when he saw a motorcycle head south on County Road 41 and turn into a farmyard.

The officer identified Ammermann, who admitted he saw the officer and was trying to hide as he didn't have his cycle endorsement or insurance.

He initially denied fleeing the sheriff's deputy, but later recanted.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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