Brian John Prozinski, 47, Cushing, is facing a felony charge for allegedly possessing a stolen truck. He is also charged with a gross misdemeanor for driving on a cancelled license and a misdemeanor for fleeing from police.
The charges stem from a Sept. 19 incident when a man reported his truck had been stolen and allegedly said Prozinski had asked to borrow the truck, but the victim said no.
A note in the victim’s yard allegedly said “Brian and Jen” had taken the truck and would return with it.
Law enforcement later found Prozinski and co-defendant Jennie Lee Czech allegedly driving the stolen vehicle.
Prozinski allegedly got out of the truck, walked toward the State Patrol trooper who stopped him, before turning around and running into a swamp.
Prozinski allegedly led the trooper on a swim through the swamp, ignoring multiple commands to stop, before making it to near the opposite shore, where a Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy came in after him and arrested him.
According to records, Prozinski’s driving privileges are revoked.
If convicted of the felony, Prozinski allegedly faces up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
In a separate case, Prozinski was charged with felonies for allegedly possessing a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police in a motor vehicle. He was also charged with a gross misdemeanor for driving on a cancelled license and a misdemeanor for allegedly fleeing police on foot.
The charges stem from the theft of a vehicle from a Randall business, May 18.
On Sept. 9, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report that Prozinski, who had an active warrant out for his arrest, was driving toward Little Falls.
While other law enforcement searched for Prozinski, one Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy waited at Prozinski’s home.
Eventually, a car pulled into the driveway and turned off its lights, while the deputy turned his emergency lights on.
Prozinski allegedly drove into a wooded area and crashed into a tree, before getting out and fleeing on foot.
Law enforcement was unable to locate Prozinski at the time, but allegedly identified the vehicle Prozinski had driven as the one stolen at the Randall business in May.
If convicted of all the felonies, Prozinski could face up to 13 years and one day in prison and/or $25,000 in fines.