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Mitchell man eludes police, drives 60-plus mph on residential roads

Police lights. (Republic file photo)

Police are searching for a Mitchell man who allegedly fled on foot and then drove through residential streets at speeds faster than 60 mph.

At approximately 10:32 a.m., Brian Mattke was at the courthouse for a court appearance when a deputy with the Davison County Sheriff's Office noticed he "was acting like he was under the influence of a drug," according to Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch.

The deputy approached Mattke, who is on probation, to inquire about his appearance and ask for a urine sample, and Mattke fled from the courthouse.

The deputy pursued Mattke on foot for a short distance before Mattke got into his car, parked near the courthouse, and began driving at a high rate of speed.

Local officers in unmarked police cars monitored Mattke, who at one point was estimated to be driving between 60 and 70 mph on residential streets. Officers did not engage in a vehicle pursuit for safety reasons, Reinesch said.

"That's way too fast," Reinesch said. "Very dangerous."

Police located Mattke's vehicle at 10:43 a.m. in Mitchell, but they were unable to locate Mattke.

Reinesch said "there is no reason to believe anyone in the public is in danger," because of the incident.

Mattke has a lengthy criminal record, including nine drug-related charges.

According to court documents, in the past 17 years, Mattke has been charged with reckless driving, grand theft, petty theft, attempting to elude police, false reporting to police, accessory to a felony and identity theft, among other minor offenses.

Mattke is described as a 5-foot-8-inch caucasian male with blue eyes and brown hair.