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Man accused of fracturing woman's eye socket pleads misdemeanor guilt

A 42-year-old Dent man originally charged with felony assault for allegedly fracturing a woman's eye socket pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for the same crime.

Daniel Ray Daugherty was charged with felony and misdemeanor assault charges after an Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy responded to a domestic assault call July 18.

According to the complaint, Daugherty was driving with a woman on Hwy. 35 near Richville when he stuck his head out the window, causing his glasses to fall off. While traveling around 60 miles per hour, he threw the car in park. He allegedly blamed the woman for his glasses falling off and punched her numerous times.

The woman then fled the vehicle and sought refuge in a swamp, where she stayed for two hours, according to the complaint. During that time, Daugherty waited in the car. The woman eventually got in the car with him and drove to a house in Dent. At the home, the woman snuck out and ran to a nearby bar, where she called law enforcement.

The woman was transported to Perham Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for a fractured orbital socket.

When deputies questioned Daugherty, he allegedly admitted to driving with the woman near Richville, but denied hurting her. The complaint states that he said the woman would injure herself to make it look like he had done it.

Daugherty's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.