The Free Press, Mankato, MN

May 14, 2013

Man arrested for possessing ecstasy

Dan Nienaber
The Mankato Free Press

---- — NORTH MANKATO — A spot on Mankato’s Most Wanted list resulted in drug charges being filed against a North Mankato man who allegedly had ecstasy and methadone in his possession while he was within a block of Monroe Elementary School.

A North Mankato police officer was driving on Harrison Avenue when he saw a vehicle owned by David Nathan Fugate, who he knew was wanted in Mankato for failing to appear for a felony charge in Blue Earth County of fleeing police. As the officer drove by, he also saw Fugate behind a truck at the residence where his car was parked.

The officer reported finding a syringe and a small flashlight in Fugate’s pockets. Three methadone hydrochloride pills and 10 ecstasy pills were allegedly found hidden inside the flashlight, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicollet County District Court.

Fugate, 33, has been on Mankato’s Most Wanted list since his probation was revoked in April 2011 conviction for a felony charge of fleeing police that was filed after a September 2010 incident. He was arrested Sept. 11, 2010, after a Mankato police officer clocked him driving faster than 60 mph on Madison Avenue.

The chase spanned two blocks before Fugate’s Thunderbird went over a curb and came to rest next to a light pole. His probation was revoked because he is facing new theft charges.

Fugate, who has a long criminal history, is facing felony charges of third-degree drug possession and third-degree drug possession near a school as a result of his arrest in North Mankato.