Randall man charged with assault with a tire checker

Douglas Mitchell Coffelt, 38, Randall, was charged in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one misdemeanor count of fifth degree assault: causing bodily harm or death.

On May 31, Morrison County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on Powderhorn Drive in Enchanted Lakes, Randall.

The victim of the disturbance told the deputies Coffelt, who owns property across the street from him, began yelling at him, using profanity. He said Coffelt told him to come over and fight.

When the victim stepped into the street and asked, “Now what are you going to do?” Coffelt allegedly came at him with a club that witnesses described as a pipe or bat with a metal end.

According to the criminal complaint, Coffelt swung the bat and the victim was hit in the chin. The victim called 911 and when the deputies arrived, they did notice blood on the victim’s chin.

While Coffelt allegedly claimed the victim came onto his property, both eyewitnesses and the victim said the confrontation took place on the road.

The deputies discovered the alleged weapon was a tire checker: a 24-inch wooden club with a metal cylinder around the edge of one side.

If convicted, Coffelt faces a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine.

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