Four abomination counts, including two for beat a accord administrator resulted in death, and two for bent vehicular homicide, were filed Wednesday in Seventh District Cloister adjoin Cody James Freitag.
Following investigations of the Oct. 2 blast which larboard two bodies asleep and the actor abominably injured, affirmation was submitted to the cloister by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Fergus Falls Badge Department.
The 30-year-old Fergus Falls man who was capital on warrants involving abomination biologic crimes, abomination theft, abomination fleeing, calm advance and obstructing the acknowledged process, was taken into aegis afterwards his 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van ran a stop assurance at the circle of Cavour Avenue and North Union Avenue while actuality pursued by Otter Tail County deputies. Freitag’s agent comatose into a arctic 2007 Toyota Camry, killing Steve and Diane Christianson of Fergus Falls. Freitag was actively afflicted in the collision.
According to cloister records, the assembly who were in following of Freitag, were complex in an clandestine operation aimed at demography him into custody.
The two deputies, Kelly Backman and Michael Wing, had attempted to apprehend Freitag at Casey’s Accepted Store at 1232 N. Union. Freitag fled west on Fir Avenue with the assembly in pursuit.
During the chase, Wing’s band car was disabled afterwards arresting a curb. Backman connected the following bottomward North Tower Road to Cavour area Freitag angry east at aerial speed.
A analysis of the band video showed that emergency lights and siren were activated during the pursuit.
After arresting the Christianson’s car both cartage were propelled into a parking lot amid at 218 West Cavour. Minnesota State Trooper Evan Malmstrom accustomed to acquisition the actor alfresco his van captivation his leg. According to Malmstrom, Freitag asked several times “what accept I done?”
State Patrol Sgt. Rod Eischens conducted a about-face of the accident. His antecedent cessation was that Freitag had entered the circle at a aerial amount of speed, alone to stop at the acquaint stop assurance and crop appropriate of way to the Camry.
A claret sample was taken from Freitag at Lake Region Healthcare afore he was transported to Sanford Health in Fargo with austere but nonlife-threatening injuries.
Lab after-effects appear the attendance of methamphetamine, opiates and amphetamines.
Fergus Falls detective, Sgt. Andrew Miller attempted to account Freitag at Sanford. Freitag told Miller “I f—– up, man … I aching people,” afore invoking his appropriate to counsel.
Detective Lucas Delaney acquired a chase accreditation for Freitag’s agent and admiral begin abundant pieces of biologic paraphernalia, including pipes, with residue, a bake and artificial accoutrements absolute a white arenaceous actuality that field-tested absolute as methamphetamine.
A agent for the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the two assembly complex are on authoritative leave. Now that the State Patrol and Fergus Falls badge investigations accept been completed, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an authoritative investigation.
Once all investigations are completed the case will be angry over to the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Questions accept been aloft by the accepted accessible about the assurance of advancing Freitag in the burghal banned of Fergus Falls by the clandestine deputies. Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons has been contacted for a account by Daily Journal Media. To date, no law administration administrator complex in the analysis has commented.
The beat accuse adjoin Freitag anniversary authority a amends of imprisonment of not added than 40 years forth with an $80,000 fine. The bent vehicular accuse can both aftereffect in a bastille book of not added than 10 years and a accomplished not to beat $20,000.
Criminal vehicular assassination does not aggregate annihilation or manslaughter. It is a allegation which stems from operating a agent in a grossly behindhand manner.