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Man suspected of running from hospital recaptured

Tanner Sward1 / 2
Brody Hamilton2 / 2

HUDSON — The Zumbrota man accused of bolting from a Red Wing hospital while handcuffed was recaptured Thursday by authorities in Hudson — but not before allegedly leading officers on another chase into the woods.

Hudson police, assisting Pierce County sheriff's deputies, arrested 25-year-old Tanner J. Sward outside the Hudson movie theater, where he was allegedly there to buy drugs, according to Hudson police reports.

Sward, who listed a Hager City address, was later charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court with misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer and was set for an extradition hearing Friday afternoon.

Sward was wanted by authorities after running from Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, where he was being evaluated after being suspected in a Red Wing hit-and-run crash and chase June 25.

According to a criminal complaint, Sward tried to escape from the Mayo Clinic Health System Red Wing parking lot while being escorted out following a blood draw. After being guided to an Goodhue County Officer's vehicle, Sward stated, "I'm gonna run now," and led an officer north of the hospital to a wooded area. His whereabouts were soon declared unknown after fleeing.

Hudson police said Sward took off running into nearby woods after officers closed in on him and another man when they pulled up to the theater. While the other man reportedly gave up immediately after being pursued on foot, Sward kept running, reports state.

Hudson police waited for him near a Stageline Road driveway, where they say he came out of a nearby woodline.

"We looked at each other and he immediately took off into the woods on the other side of the driveway," a Hudson officer wrote in his report.

Sward is accused of ignoring more commands to stop as the foot chase continued. Police fought through heavy brush in pursuit of the man, who was also also struggling to make his way through the brush, reports state.

Eventually officers caught up with Sward after he'd fallen in the brush. Police told him to give up, which Sward allegedly did not, prompting officers to deploy a Taser.

The Taser, fired in the heavy brush, didn't appear to have an effect on Sward, according to reports.

Sward then backed away, put his hands behind his back near his waistline and told police "Don't make me pull this, man," according to reports.

That prompted an officer to pull his gun and order Sward to show his hands.

Police then closed in on him at gun- and Taser-point; Sward gave up. Police said they asked Sward if he had a gun; he said he didn't. The report states he made the comment about making him "pull this" in an effort to be shot by police.

Another man with Sward, identified in police reports as Brody D. Hamilton, 25, was arrested on an out-of-state warrant.

A court date has not yet been set in Goodhue County.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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