Man accused of crashing a police car pleads guilty

Travers McDaniel

Rochester man admits to illegal weapons possession.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 11:05 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man arrested after authorities say he stole and crashed a police car has agreed to a plea deal.

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23-year-old Travers Davel McDaniel of Rochester was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, and 3rd degree refusal. Rochester police say they got a call on September 12 about a suspicious vehicle in the area of 3rd Avenue and 16th Street Southeast. When an officer arrived on scene and got out of his vehicle, McDaniel is accused of hopping in and driving the police car until he crashed near Slattery Park.

Police say McDaniel then ran away and a large search began involving many officers and three K-9 dogs before McDaniel was caught.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm. No sentencing date has been set.

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