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Renville County man honored by Patrol for helping with arrest

ST. PAUL -- A Renville County man was honored Monday during the annual State Patrol awards ceremony, which honors troopers, State Patrol employees and citizens who performed lifesaving acts or excelled in a crisis or in efforts to ensure safer Minnesota roads.

According to a news release from the State Patrol, on the morning of June 13, Patrol Sgt. Gene Capaul stopped a driver for a speeding violation north of Olivia. The driver stopped in the farmyard of Dale Frank, at which time Capaul began to inquire about the identity of the driver. Once it was determined that the uncooperative driver needed to be handcuffed, Capaul asked for and received assistance from Frank.

While they were trying to physically restrain the driver, he was able to break free and flee on foot into a nearby field. Frank continued to assist by driving his ATV to transport Capaul and a deputy sheriff into the field where the driver was located and arrested. Because the uncooperative driver refused to walk, he again used his ATV to transport both officers and their prisoner.

For his actions, Frank is presented with a Meritorious Citizenship Award, which is presented to individuals other than State Patrol employees who have assisted the Minnesota State Patrol in providing a significant service to the public.

"These stories exhibit the incredible spirit and courage of Minnesotans," says Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the State Patrol. "State troopers are honored to have support from citizens that demonstrate such a willingness to act when help is needed."