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Dave Olson, Published November 19 2012

Love triangle leads to assault charges in hit-and-run case

MOORHEAD – A 31-year-old Barnesville man has been charged in Clay County District Court with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly trying to run over another man with a car.

According to a court complaint:

Barnesville police responded to a hit-and-run report the evening of Nov. 15.

The alleged victim, who was found in an alley, told police he was in the alley because his wife was going there to return a phone to a man named Jason Michael Olson, with whom she was having an affair that she was in the process of ending.

The man who police say was assaulted said he was there to make sure his wife encountered no problems. He told police that when Olson arrived, Olson drove his car toward him, striking him and sending him rolling over the top of Olson’s car.

The alleged victim’s wife said she threw the phone at Olson and he drove away.

Questioned by police, Olson said he was in the process of breaking up with a woman he was having an affair with when her husband showed up and threatened to kill him.

Olson said the man, who is bigger than he is, jumped on the hood of his car as he drove toward the man. Olson said he then drove home and called 911.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555