WRIGHT, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – A Silver Lake man attempting to assist a motorist who was in the ditch early this morning was assaulted and had his truck stolen, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 2 a.m., a Wright County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 25 and 14 Street NE in Buffalo when his vehicle was passed on the right shoulder at high speed by a 2001 white Chevy Impala.
The deputy attempted to stop the Impala, but lost sight of it in the area of 8th Street NE.
A few minutes later, the Wright County Communications Center received a call from Brent Morris, 31, of Silver Lake, stating that his vehicle had just been stolen as he stopped to assist a motorist in a white Chevy Impala that had gone into the ditch in the area of Highway 55 and County Road 35.
Morris reported that as he approached the Impala, the driver assaulted him and fled in Morris’s 2010 Ford pickup.
Wright County sheriff’s deputies located Morris’s stolen pickup traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Highway 55 and First Street NE in Buffalo. Deputies pursued this vehicle for a short distance until the driver lost control and struck a power pole at First Street NE and Calder Avenue NE.
The driver then fled on foot, and Wright County deputies, with help from a K-9, located him near 1156 Calder Avenue NE. The man, identified as Jeremy Sterzinger, 27, of St. Joseph, was arrested for fleeing, robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and driving after revocation. He was transported to Buffalo Hospital for injuries sustained in crash and will be booked into the Wright County Jail upon his release.