Police arrest man after 2-hour search

A man wanted on warrants from Nicollet County was arrested near New Prague Saturday, Feb. 16, after leading authorities from six departments on a manhunt that lasted more than two hours.

Nicollet County authorities had issued a bulletin to area law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for Buck Otto White, 48, of New Ulm. There were felony warrants on White for burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a police report, New Prague police spotted a 1999 Buick LaSabre, stopped in a traffic lane on westbound Main St. W near Fifth Ave. SW at about 4:45 Saturday. The car appeared to be out of gas and the officer ran the plate and found that there was a warrant for the owner, White. Officers checked at the nearby Marathon C-Store and asked if anyone had stopped for gas. They had, and were told the party had gotten gas and was headed west.

A short time later the officer approached a residence on Sixth Ave. NW, where he believed the suspect might have headed. There were five people outside a car at the residence, and as he approached, the officer was able to identify White, who then fled on foot. The officer checked the area and called for backup.

That backup came from the Minnesota State Patrol, deputies from Scott and Le Sueur counties and the Jordan and Belle Plaine police, including a K-9 unit from Jordan and a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.

Around 6 p.m. police received a phone call from a resident on Naylor Avenue, west of New Prague, who said a male was walking across a field. A description of the man’s clothing matched what the officer had seen when White fled.

Officers tracked White to a wooded area, and a deputy on a snowmobile reported that there were no tracks leading from the wooded area. A State Patrol helicopter spotted White near Highway 19, between Naylor and Delmar Avenue, lying down near the edge of the woods. The helicopter shined a spotlight on White, who first put his hands in the air, then began running a short distance before stopping.

Police arrested White at about 7:30 p.m. He complained that he was cold and his leg hurt. He was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, where he was evaluated, and then transported to the Nicollet County Law Enforcement Center in St. Peter.

White’s vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.