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Handcuffed suspect flees from cops at MN hospital, escapes through woods

He escaped the clutches of a deputy while being transferred from hospital to jail.
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Police in Red Wing are hunting a suspect who escaped from a deputy's clutches at a local hospital and fled through some woods.

The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office told GoMN that Taner Sward, 25, of Zumbrota, is at large following his escape from the Mayo Clinic – Red Wing, shortly after his arrest following a car chase.

He was initially followed by a deputy after police received a report just before 1 p.m. on Sunday that he was driving a vehicle while having a revoked license.

The chase ended when Sward struck a parked truck and injured himself, but still managed to flee on foot before being tracked down by officers.

He was taken to Mayo Clinic – Red Wing for evaluation, but as he was in the process of being transferred from the hospital to the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center, he broke free of the deputy.

After running through the parking lot, he made it to a "heavily wooded area" north of the hospital. Despite a search by the sheriff's office, Red Wing Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol, he wasn't found.

He remains at large, though the sheriff's office hasn't launched a formal public appeal, telling GoMN: "He'll surface eventually."

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports he was in handcuffs at the time, and is described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 165 pounds with a medium build.

Anyone with information can call Goodhue County Sheriff's Office at (651) 385-3155.

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