Verndale man charged with assaulting an officer

Steven Ray Dahlvang, 35, Verndale, was charged Nov. 20, in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fourth degree assault of a peace officer.

On Nov. 18, a Motley police officer responded to a report that Dahlvang had taken his two children from their home without permission from his ex-girlfriend, the children’s mother.

When located, Dahlvang allegedly attempted to fight with the officer. When the officer drew his taser, Dahlvang kicked, then charged the officer, kicking the taser out of his hands.

With the taser again in his possession, the officer told Dahlvang to get on the floor. The suspect allegedly lunged at the officer and they fought. Again, the officer lost control of the taser.

The officer managed to get a handcuff on one wrist, but Dahlvang continued to fight.

According to the criminal complaint, the two left the residence and while outside, Dahlvang bit the Motley police officer on his index finger, left wrist and tricep area, breaking the skin.

The two fell to the ground with Dahlvang on top of the officer. The criminal report said he attempted to choke the officer and gouge his eyes out. He did manage to dislodge one of his contact lenses.

After the officer attempted to kick him, Dahlvang ran into the street where he was subdued by other officers who had arrived on scene.

The officer was given a tetanus shot and antibiotics  at Lakewood Health Systems in Staples to treat his injuries

If convicted, Dahlvang faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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