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Charges filed in alleged deputy assault

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A Wayzata man is facing three charges after allegedly assaulting a sheriff's deputy Nov. 20 while trying to escape from custody.

Timothy Robert Hanson, 41, is facing charges for assault, obstructing the legal process and interfering with a peace officer.

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An Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call about a fight at Zorbaz in Perham around 11 p.m., where he observed Hanson speaking to a Perham police officer.

After blowing a .245, the deputy began to escort Hanson home. On the ride, Hanson began to act confused and could not recall where he lived, prompting the deputy to arrange a spot for him at the detox center in Fergus Falls.

That's when Hanson allegedly became quite angry, attempting to reach into the front of the vehicle.

When the deputy stopped the car, Hanson attempted to flee and pushed the deputy in the process.

That provided an opportunity for Hanson to run from the deputy, who eventually grabbed him and tackled him to the ground.

While on the ground, the deputy was struck on the left side of his head by Hanson's leg, according to court documents. While attempting to handcuff Hanson again, he once again got up and ran.

The deputy then grabbed the taser, which Hanson attempted to take. The altercation ended with Hanson being handcuffed and escorted back into the deputy's vehicle. Hanson allegedly continued to yell out threats throughout the drive.

A hospital visit revealed that the deputy had suffered a sprained right hand from the incident.

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