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Top county prosecutor tackles fleeing defendant


As an “amped up” defendant was being sentenced in Thursday to 86 months for violating his probation in a drug-possession case, prosecutor Philip Miller stepped out of the courtroom to look for another bailiff.

Then he saw the defendant, Dontae Marcus Frazier, running towards him down the hallway of the Benton County courthouse in Foley, Minn. A bailiff tried to tackle Frazier, to no avail. So Miller, who once played as a linebacker for the Apollo High School Eagles, stepped into the breach.

“He was coming at me and I dropped down and took him out at the knees,” Miller told the St. Cloud Times. Court bailiffs, city police and Benton County deputies soon piled on and subdued Frazier, with the help of an electronic stun gun.

Miller broke his glasses during the fray but was otherwise unharmed.

There’s no word yet on whether Frazier will face additional charges. The article doesn’t include any comment from him or his legal counsel.

Hat tip: Associated Press

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