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Schummer arrested after 12-hour search

James Schummer was last seen near this intersection, where he fled from police Friday morning. Schummer is wanted on a warrant for violating his parole. Justin Glawe | Bemidji Pioneer

WILTON -- More than 12 hours after his first interaction with police Friday, a man wanted for violating his parole who fled from a Beltrami County sheriff's deputy on a four-wheeler was taken into custody.

James Adam Schummer was sought by police throughout the day Friday, after he was reported to have been driving recklessly on a four-wheeler. The deputy attempted to arrest Schummer about 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Honeysuckle Lane South and Melby Lane Southeast. But Schummer fled, and police searched the area, near Wilton, about five miles west of Bemidji, without success.

Beltrami County emergency management director Beryl Wernberg, in a text message to members of the media just after 8 p.m., said Schummer was in jail "as of 10 minutes ago." She added that there were "no injuries or issues involved with the arrest." Wernberg said Schummer was arrested at a residence west of Bemidji at 7:20 p.m.

"The Sheriff's Office thanks our citizens, and especially the media who did a great job of getting the word out in our area, for assistance in capturing Schummer," Wernberg wrote in an email.

Schummer has a criminal history that includes felony convictions for fifth-degree drug possession, third-degree burglary and possessing a pistol. The convictions for drug possession and burglary came in 2007. That summer, Schummer was identified by police as an accomplice in a string of burglaries to the United States Department of Agriculture, 3217 Bemidji Ave. N. Stolen from the facility were laptop computers, digital cameras, digital projectors and cash, according to Pioneer archives.

Clinton Robert Zenzius, 26, pleaded guilty for his role in the burglaries. He is currently being held without bail on several, unrelated burglary charges. 

Schummer's probation was revoked for the drug possession and burglary charges, and he was sentenced to one year and one day at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for the drug possession charge, and one year and three months for the burglary charge, according to court documents.

The conviction for possessing a pistol came in 2009, but the disposition of that charge could not be immediately determined. Schummer was released from Minnesota Department of Corrections custody on Jan. 18, 2012, according to an official at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility.

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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