Light shed on Wilkin County car theft, I-94 incident [UPDATED]Published 3:49pm Thursday, April 26, 2012 Updated 11:19am Friday, April 27, 2012
Wilkin County authorities have released information about the car theft and subsequent apprehension of a Rothsay man on Wednesday.
According to the sheriff’s office and other sources, Joseph Schleeter, whose age has not been released, attempted to steal a car near Ole and Lena’s Pizza in Rothsay around 6:30 p.m. The owner of the vehicle spotted him during the alleged theft and ran over to her car, but Schleeter left the scene in the vehicle, reportedly running over the woman’s arm.
Schleeter allegedly drove the car into Otter Tail County but then ran off a roadway, hitting an approach. He fled the vehicle and ended up on Interstate Highway 94 near the County Highway 24 bridge, where people attempted to restrain him from running or jumping into traffic. His behavior on I-94 or how he entered the road were not detailed by the sheriff’s office.
Schleeter was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, and the woman, whose name has not been released, was transported to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.