Over the weekend a Wabasha County Deputy sustained a concussion as well as bruised ribs and a shoulder injury after he was struck and then dragged by a pickup truck.
On Saturday, July 12, at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Elgin, Wabasha County Deputies were talking to two women inside a yard on the 300 block of First Street Southwest when the driver of a Chevy pickup truck rolled down his window and yelled at the deputies. Deputy Keith Fratzke used his flashlight to illuminate the inside of the pickup and noticed that the driver, Randall Robert Gerber Jr., 27, of Elgin, was displaying signs of intoxication. Fratzke approached the vehicle to speak to the occupants and tell Gerber to stop when the driver accelerated and struck Fratzke. Law enforcement officials believe that Fratzke was then dragged by the pickup truck as he continually yelled for it to stop, finally landing on his right shoulder as his head struck the pavement. Gerber then left the scene and was later found in Lake City, where his blood alcohol content was measured at .14 percent. Fratzke was left with a shoulder injury that requires a sling, bruised ribs and a concussion.
Gerber has been charged with second-degree assault, fleeing a peace officer — resulting in substantial bodily harm, fleeing a peace officer, two counts of criminal vehicular operation, and assault on a peace officer. All charges are felony offenses.