Armed felon killed after ramming motorcycle into a parked Patrol cruiser

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An armed felon died when he rammed his motorcycle into a State Patrol squad car on a highway in southwestern Minnesota.

The  Star Tribune reports that Chad R. Danneman, 33, of Slayton was killed when he was thrown from his Harley on Saturday night.

The State Patrol report said that Danneman, armed with a knife, had eluded separate pursuits by deputies from the Cottonwood and Murray County sheriff’s offices. State Patrol Trooper Jeffery Stearns spotted Danneman fleeing on his motorcycle on a Cottonwood County road. Stearns bought his cruiser to a stop and activated his emergency lights. Danneman raced toward the cruiser and struck it head-on. Danneman was dead at the scene. Stearns suffered minor injuries.

Danneman’s criminal history in Minnesota includes two drunken-driving convictions, and convictions for felony drug possession, terroristic threats, and mistreatment of animals.

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