Patrick J. Dietz, 59, 33604 230th St., Sleepy Eye, was charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor reckless driving Monday. According to court documents, a Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to CR 7, north of Cobden at 8:56 p.m. Oct. 28 for a vehicle that was all over the road and off in the ditch, appearing to be stuck.
At the scene, a Chevy truck appeared to be stuck on the west side of the ditch. The engine was on and an adult male appeared to be slumped over in the driver’s seat.
There was no door handle on the driver’s side. The man woke up and appeared to be disoriented. The deputy saw a can of Ultra Duster on the man’s lap and the driver was Dietz. The passenger side door was locked. The deputy told the man to open the door but he refused and grabbed items in his floor organizer. The deputy was informed the Dietz had a gun on him at times.
Dietz tried to drive away from the deputy but he was stuck. He finally rolled down his window, the deputy pressed the unlock button, opened the door and grabbed the key out of the ignition, disabling the vehicle.
Dietz’ speech was slurred and his movements were very slow. The deputy reached for the Ultra Duster can and Dietz tried to hide it. A Walmart bag ont he seat contained three other Ultra Duster cans in it.
The deputy asked Dietz if he was carrying his side arm and he said he was, on his right hip. The deputy told him not to reach for it and grabbed the weapon, disarming Dietz. The deputy took the loaded firearm and ejected the magazine and round in the chamber. The deputy asked Dietz if he had a permit to carry and he said he did and it was in his wallet.
The deputy talked with the complainant who said Dietz’ vehicle came into his lane and he had to pull into another lane to avoid a collision. The complainant said Dietz’ vehicle went into the ditch, came back out and went half way into the other ditch. The complainant turned around, followed Dietz and called 911. Dietz’ truck was towed to the Brown County Impound Lot.