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Forum staff reports, Published August 09 2012

44-year-old charged with assaulting officer

MOORHEAD – A 44-year-old man with a record of drunken driving and disorderly conduct has been charged with assaulting a police officer here, according to charges filed in Clay County on Tuesday.

Ronald Keith Coleman is being held at the Clay County Jail after he allegedly kicked a Moorhead police officer in the face while being transported to detox.

Fourth-degree assault of a peace officer is a felony, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to court documents:

Responding to a call, police found Coleman lying in the boulevard near 16th Street and 12th Avenue South around 2:50 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

An empty bottle of mouthwash was near Coleman when police asked him to gather his things and move along. Officers noted his eyes were bloodshot and watery.

Coleman began to move, but then lay back down in the boulevard, so police told him they were going to take him into detox.

Coleman clenched his fists and refused to get into the patrol car, so an officer took out his Taser, the charges read.

Coleman then allegedly kicked the officer in the face and again in the hand, causing the officer to puncture his hand on his Taser. He was eventually detained with pepper spray, the charges read.

Coleman has prior convictions for DWI, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct and theft, according to court documents.