Dassel man arrested after fleeing police Saturday

A 29-year-old Dassel man was arrested following a 26-mile pursuit by police and a short standoff.

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DASSEL — A 29-year-old Dassel man was arrested following a police pursuit around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.

According to a news release from Cruze, a sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a reckless driver near the intersection of County Road 15 and County Road 29 in Collinwood Township.

The driver failed to stop and fled, with deputies pursuing the driver for approximately 26 miles before the vehicle was disabled by spike strips.

According to Cruze, as deputies drove up to the disabled vehicle, the man began to exit his vehicle with a shotgun in hand.

A deputy used his squad car to pin the driver door to prevent the man from exiting his vehicle.


After a brief standoff, the man put down the shotgun and was arrested without further incident.

He is in the Meeker County Jail awaiting a court appearance for fleeing a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and multiple gun violations.

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in the incident.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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