NU man arrested after 4-mile chase

MINNEAPOLIS – A 49-year-old New Ulm man who fled a St. Peter treatment program in July was arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading federal agents on a four-mile chase in Minneapolis after authorities tried to serve a warrant on him.

Buck Otto White was arrested after he crashed a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) into a snowbank near Como and 33rd Avenue Southeast, after sideswiping parked cars and a Metro Transit bus near Marshall Street and 16th Avenue Northeast. Otto fled, but he was soon captured by U.S. Marshals Service deputies and Minneapolis Police.

White was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, examined by doctors who listed his condition as “fine,” according to Minneapolis Police. Witnesses said shots broke windows on White’s SUV but didn’t stop it.

Also known as Timothy Joseph Hoffman, White’s criminal record includes burglary and assault in three Minnesota counties as far back as 1984. He was arrested last March and charged in federal court for felon firearm possession after four guns including two shotguns and a rifle were found in a Courtland storage unit that was searched during a burglary investigation.

His prior convictions include 2nd degree burglary in Hennepin County in 1984, 1st degree attempted burglary in Anoka County in 1994, 4th degree assault in Anoka County in 1995, 2nd degree burglary in Kennebec County in 1995, attempted first degree controlled substance law violation in Hennepin County in 2006. The Hennepin County drug conviction resulted in a six-year prison sentence including supervised release that ended in 2012.

Subject to the federal Armed Career Criminal Act due to convictions of crimes of violence or drug trafficking, White faces a minimum 15 years in prison for subsequent federal court convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

White’s federal case is a result of an investigation by the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office, New Ulm Police and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His 2013 indictment alleged that on Feb. 14, 2013, he possessed 10- and 12-gauge shotguns and .22 and 7.62 caliber rifles.

In February 2013, White was accused of burglarizing St. Peter storage units. Investigators used a GPS (Global Positioning System)-tracking device to link the burglaries to White.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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