Man assaults police officer

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 7, 2002

A 22-year-old Owatonna man faces charges after sheriff's deputies found he was carrying narcotics Monday night.

According to Mower County Sheriff Barry Simonson, officers stopped a vehicle on Interstate 90 shortly after 11 p.m. and Tazer, one of the county's narcotics dogs, indicated there were drugs somewhere in the passenger's side.

The passenger was patted down and when the deputy asked him to open his mouth, he refused and kicked the officer below the knee. Eventually the man spit out two baggies of a white, powdery substance thought to be crack cocaine. The man was also carrying a small amount of marijuana.

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He was taken to the Mower County Jail and faces charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree assault of a peace officer, a gross misdemeanor for resisting arrest and possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle.

Amanda L. Rohde can be reached at 434-2214 or by e-mail at