Slayton man killed in motorcycle crash after eluding authorities

WINDOM – A Slayton man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening after eluding authorities, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Chad Danneman, age 33, had fled from Cottonwood and Murray County deputies after being reported armed with a knife. He was driving a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Each pursuit was terminated by authorities. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a state trooper was travelling east on Cottonwood County 10 when he saw Danneman stopped ahead. The trooper activated his emergency lights and stopped his squad car. According to the report, Danneman then accelerated at a high rate of speed toward the squad car, veered into the trooper’s lane, and struck the car head-on. He was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

Danneman had a previous criminal history that included assault, controlled substance possession, terroristic threats, felony-level animal cruelty and eluding police. In 2010, Danneman was captured in Montana during a high-speed chase following an incident at a gas station. He had failed to make an appearance in Cottonwood County District Court the previous day for animal cruelty after tying a dog's mouth closed with wire and allowing it to freeze to death. In Montana, he was charged with criminal endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a peace officer.

The trooper he collided with Saturday received minor injuries. Danneman’s funeral arrangements are pending with Totzke Funeral Home.