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Detroit Lakes man charged after fleeing a peace officer

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Police have seen their share of rubber-neckers over the years, but an incident in Detroit Lakes spelled trouble for one Becker County man allegedly armed with a camera and the will to run.

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Police have seen their share of rubber-neckers over the years, but an incident in Detroit Lakes spelled trouble for one Becker County man allegedly armed with a camera and the will to run.

Kyle Allen Rusness, 32, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

He also faces three misdemeanor charges: Fleeing a peace officer other than in a motor vehicle; driving after revocation; and possession of over 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, on Aug. 7, Rusness allegedly drove by a traffic stop on South Shore Drive and 270th Avenue, going about 5 mph and using both hands to take a photo or video of the police officer at the scene.

The headlights and taillights of his vehicle were allegedly obstructed with black paint.

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When the officer tried to follow him to pull him over, he allegedly sped away on 270th Avenue and refused to stop, in spite of emergency lights and sirens on the squad car behind him.

He allegedly made several turns and failed to stop at two stop signs during the pursuit.

He turned east onto Johnson Lake Road, allegedly driving 70-75 mph on the gravel road.

He stopped at a residence, with the officer in pursuit, yelling at him to lie on the ground.

He went into the house through a patio door, locked the door and would not open it for the officer, who broke in and ordered Rusness to lie on the floor.

He allegedly refused to comply, and made a break for a sliding glass door, leading the officer to shoot him in the back with a taser.

A deputy arrived at the scene and helped arrest him.

During an inventory search of the vehicle, officers allegedly found a 1.5 gram baggie of marijuana on the front passenger seat and three open or empty bottles of Budweiser beer in the car.

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Rusness' driver's license had previously been revoked.

On Aug. 10 District Judge Joe Evans set bond at $25,000 or cash bail at $5,000.

His next appearance is Aug. 31.

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