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Mental health patient overpowers driver, hijacks van in central Minnesota

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Mental health patient overpowers driver, hijacks van in central Minnesota
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A patient being moved in a van from a state-run mental health facility in Fergus Falls to the Twin Cities overpowered the driver Wednesday morning along the route in Todd County and fled alone in the vehicle, authorities said.

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David Beutner, 37, who was being taken from Community Behavioral Health Hospital to "a locked facility in Anoka County," the Todd County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The driver was overpowered near West Union, east of Alexandria along Interstate 94.

Beutner is white, about 6 feet 1 inches tall and 170 pounds. The vehicle is a gold 2005 Dodge van, with Minnesota license plate EA 7893.

Anyone who has information about the van or Beutner's location is urged to immediately call law enforcement.

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