MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials in Waseca are searching for a Waterville man who fled police Thursday evening and is believed to have methamphetamine in his possession.
According to the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office, just after 11:30 p.m. a homeowner in Waseca said someone was pounding on their door.
When they went to answer it, a male party, later identified as 55-year-old James Otis, was there and asked if he could use tools to help with a flat tire. The homeowner said they did not have tools, and later requested a deputy come out as they thought the interaction was suspicious.
According to the sheriff’s office, when deputies arrived on the scene the vehicle fled southbound on Highway 13 with a flat tire.
It then drove westbound onto 430th Avenue where it stopped. Once stopped, Otis and a woman got out and took off running.
Deputies were not able to apprehend Otis, but were able to arrest the woman.
Further investigation revealed Otis had a weapon and meth on him. There is also an active warrant out for a James Otis of LeSueur County for 5th degree substance and felon in possession of ammunition.
Police were able to find a weapon close to the direction Otis ran.
According to the sheriff’s office, a perimeter was then established with the help of Minnesota State Patrol Air Division. A search of the area was completed and Otis was not located.
At this time, police said there is not a safety concern, as they have received information that Otis has left the area.
However, anyone with any information regarding Otis’ whereabouts, contact the local law enforcement agency.