Authorities say Krueger, of Bagley, acted like he was in extreme pain and needed corrections officer's assistance.
An inmate from Bagley at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston who coaxed a corrections officer into pulling over while being transported Wednesday afternoon to the RiverView Health emergency room, triggering a high-speed pursuit that found its way to wheat and soybean fields near Erskine, was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced at 9:24 p.m. Wednesday that Tony Mitchell Krueger, 20, was apprehended, medically cleared, and taken back to the Crookston jail.
The incident began to unfold at approximately 1:17 p.m. Wednesday while the corrections officer was transporting Krueger to RiverView for treatment of an apparent non-life threatening condition and injury, the PCSO reports. Krueger was not restrained during the transport due to the nature of his reported injury. At some point, he was able to coax the corrections officer into pulling over and moving away from the driver's seat by acting like he was in extreme pain and in need of assistance with adjusting his position in the vehicle. When the corrections officer pulled over and moved to assist Krueger, the PCSO states, he stole the transport vehicle and fled.
The corrections officer was not hurt during the incident.
The vehicle was subsequently located near Erskine by the Minnesota State Patrol. A trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled at a high rate of speed. The trooper implemented a Pursuit Intervention Maneuver (PIT), ending the pursuit. At that point, Krueger fled on foot, eventually running into a farm field at the intersection of Polk County Highway 204 and Highway 59 near Winger. At that point, he was wearing blue-colored, jail-issued clothing. At one point during scanner communication, a law enforcement officer was heard saying that the suspect had removed his shirt.
Multiple law enforcement agencies intervened and attempted to set up a perimeter around a wheat field and a soybean field. Around 4:50 p.m., a PCSO media release indicated authorities were searching for Krueger, and offered a detailed physical description of him.
In announcing later Wednesday night that Krueger had been apprehended, the PCSO listed the following agencies that assisted: Polk County Emergency Management, Minnesota State Patrol, Norman County Sheriff’s Office and their K-9 Unit, Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office, White Earth Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and their K-9 Unit, Thief River Falls Police Department and their K-9 Unit, Winger Fire Department, Essentia Ambulance, and Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force.