Brooklyn Center Man Flees Custody at Benton County Courts After Sentencing
FOLEY -- A struggle at the Benton County Courts Facility happened just after 11:00 a.m. today (Thursday) as a man refused to go into custody.
36-year-old Dontae Frazier, of Brooklyn Center was in a courtroom on a probation violation.
Frazier was sentenced to 86 months in prison and was being taken into custody immediately.
When the courtroom bailiff attempted to take Frazier into custody, he fled the courtroom. Frazier ran into the hallway where a struggle began as he refused to obey the bailiffs instructions.
A taser was used on Frazier and he was finally taken into custody.
Frazier is being held at the Benton County Jail awaiting transport to prison for his probation violation.
Frazier also awaits pending charges of Escape from Custody and 4th Degree Assault.
Additional details from the Associated Press:
The Benton County Attorney put his high school football skills to the test when he chased down and tackled a man who was trying to flee the courthouse.
Philip Miller tells the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1hjgz0A ) he was in the courtroom Thursday during the sentencing of a man who faced a lengthy prison in a drug case.
Miller noticed the man seemed agitated, so he went to get another bailiff as a precaution. Then, he saw the man run out of the courtroom and come toward him in the hallway.
The defendant was headed toward the exit when Miller says he "took him out at the knees." Miller's eyeglasses broke during the incident, but he wasn't hurt.
He says his old coach at Apollo High School would have been proud.