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Colfax foot chase yields drug charges

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The pursuit on foot of a suspect by a Colfax police officer has yielded charges of felony possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer.

Miles J. Gloss, 44, made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court January 13 as a repeat offender on both the felony and the misdemeanor.

Court records list Gloss’s address as county Highway K, Boyceville.

According to the criminal complaint, on the evening of December 14, Officer Kyle Knotz was on patrol in Colfax and observed the driver of a vehicle who was not wearing a seatbelt.

Officer Knotz followed the vehicle to the Cedar Country Cooperative gas station on Main Street in Colfax.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Gloss, went inside Cenex, and when he came out, he saw Officer Knotz and stopped.

The officer asked Gloss to come over and talk to him, but instead, Gloss spun around and took off on foot.

Officer Knotz chased after Gloss and yelled, “Stop, police!”

Gloss kept running and dropped the items he had bought at Cenex.

At one point, Gloss looked behind him to see where the officer was, and Officer Knotz continued yelling, “Stop, police! You’re under arrest!”

The foot chase continued over a backyard fence, at which point, Gloss fell to the ground.

Officer Knotz was able then to take Gloss into custody.

Before Officer Knotz put Gloss into the police patrol vehicle, he discovered a clear plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance in Gloss’s back pocket.

According to Colfax Police Chief Bill Anderson, there was also an active warrant for Gloss’s arrest.

Later on, at the Dunn County jail, Officer Knotz asked Gloss if he had heard him yelling for Gloss to stop, and Gloss said that he did hear the officer.

Gloss also admitted that the marijuana found in his pocket belonged to him.

Gloss was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance in Florida in November of 2011 and was convicted of fleeing an officer in Dunn County in September of 2013.

Judge Rod Smeltzer set bail with a $500 signature bond December 15.

Gloss is scheduled for another court appearance in Dunn County on April 7.