Officers search for suspect who punched state trooper

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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of assaulting a state trooper in Stearns County and leading law enforcement officers from 16 agencies on a manhunt.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the 29-year-old man was arrested without resistance about 6:30 p.m.

Thursday near Sagatagan Lake on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville. The search for the suspect began about 7:30 a.m. Thursday after the trooper pulled him over on Interstate 94 on suspicion of drunken driving. The patrol says that after a breath test the man punched the trooper in the face and fled.

Authorities finally caught up with the man about 6:30 p.m. on campus.

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