(Mankato, MN) – Two men face charges after one fled police on foot through a muddy field.
Tyler Timmy Tester, age 24, of Mankato, and Hunter Edmond Schwichtenberg, age 20, of Mapleton were charged in Blue Earth County Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, Mapleton police responded to a driving complaint at 12:25 a.m. on September 21. The complainant said a potentially stuck vehicle was revving its engine in the area of Borchert Street and Third Avenue SW and the driver was possibly intoxicated.
Investigating police say they found a pickup they recognized as Schwichtenberg’s attempting to get free from a muddy bean field.
Police naked man later identified as Tester was observed sliding into the backseat as they approached the vehicle, while Schwichtenberg was seen pulling his pants up, according to the complaint. Police say an “overwhelming odor” of alcohol came from the vehicle when the window was rolled down. A container of alcohol was allegedly located on the floor of the passenger side.
Court documents say that Shwichtenberg indicted that Tester was driving the vehicle by pointing at him.
Tester covered himself with a flannel coat when police asked him to exit the pickup, but fled on foot as the officer was unlocking his squad. Tester dropped the coat shortly after fleeing and continued running naked through the muddy bean field, according to the criminal complaint.
Backup was called, but the search for Tester was unsuccessful, and called off at about 3 a.m., according to court documents.
Schwichtenberg identified Tester as the friend who had fled police. A PBT resulted in a .16 reading for Schwichtenberg. Police say they’ve been unable to locate or speak to Tester.
Tester is charged with misdemeanor counts of fleeing a police officer and reckless driver. Schwichtenberg is charged with underage liquor consumption and underage liquor possession.
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