Police arrest bicyclist

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2003

A man, wearing sunglasses, and riding a bicycle challenged an Austin police officer to arrest him and he did.

The incident unfolded near 1:30 a.m. today along 10th Street NW and Fifth Avenue.

An Austin Police Department officer on routine patrol stopped a vehicle for a possible traffic violation.

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While the officer was interviewing the driver, a man on a bicycle approached shouting obscenities and challenging the officer to arrest him. He even specified the charge: obstructing legal process.

According to the police report, the officer ignored the bicyclist and went about the business of interviewing the motorist.

The bicyclist rode in crazy-eight patterns and drew closer to the officer and his squad car until he rode the bike into the officer knocking the policeman backward.

The bicyclist toppled head over heels over the handlebars of the bicycle and onto the hood of the car, coming to a rest on the push-bumper of the auto.

The 36-year-old Blooming Prairie man was taken into custody and jailed on a charge of gross misdemeanor obstructing legal process.

The motorist was given a warning.

Child found

A 2-year-old child was found wandering alone in the 400 block of Fourth Street SW Tuesday.

According to an Austin Police Department report, the child was picked up by an aunt and taken to the Austin-Mower County Law Enforcement Center to be returned to her mother, according to an Austin Police Department report.

The Mower County Department of Human Services was also contacted about the incident.

Man still missing

No foul play is suspected, but a man is still missing after apparently leaving his Austin home Wednesday.

According to an Austin Police Department report, a woman left for work near 6 a.m. Tuesday. She told officers her husband was home at the time, but incommunicado.

When the woman arrived at her place of employment, she called her husband at their home "about 20 times" without response.

When she went home to check on the welfare of her husband, she discovered him missing. The man's car was still at the residence, so she told officers he may have left on foot.

Later Tuesday, the woman discovered activity on a check card at a Rochester bank.

According to the police report, the man is still missing and believed to be in Rochester.

No description was given of the individual.

The woman told police her husband had been taking medication for depression.

Lee Bonorden can be contacted at 434-2232 or by e-mail at lee.bonorden@austindailyherald.com