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Benton County prosecutor tackles fleeing defendant

  • Associated Press
  • March 14, 2014 - 12:08 PM

FOLEY, Minn. — The Benton County Attorney put his high school football skills to the test when he chased down and tackled a man who was trying to flee the courthouse.

Philip Miller tells the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1hjgz0A ) he was in the courtroom Thursday during the sentencing of a man who faced a lengthy prison term in a drug case.

Miller noticed the man seemed agitated, so he went to get another bailiff as a precaution. Then, he saw the man run out of the courtroom and come toward him in the hallway.

The defendant was headed toward the exit when Miller says he "took him out at the knees."

Miller's eyeglasses broke during the incident, but he wasn't hurt.

He says his old coach at Apollo High School would have been proud.

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