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Forum staff reports, Published December 24 2013

West Fargo man pleads guilty to assaulting girlfriend

FARGO – A West Fargo man charged with beating up his girlfriend and threatening to drive over her co-worker was sentenced Tuesday.

Timothy Lowseth, 26, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of menacing and simple assault. Felony charges of felonious restraint, terrorizing and reckless endangerment were dismissed.

Judge Steven Marquart of Cass County District Court gave Lowseth credit for serving about 4½ months in jail. The judge ordered him to serve a year on unsupervised probation and to receive domestic violence and chemical dependency evaluations.

According to court papers, Lowseth’s girlfriend told police he beat her on Aug. 7 in his room at the Fargo Econo Lodge and would not let her leave, so she texted a co-worker, who alerted police.

When Lowseth saw the texts, he drove to the Grand Inn in Moorhead to find the co-worker, who was in the parking lot taking a break. Lowseth drove toward her at a high speed, then stopped and threatened to harm her, police alleged.

Moorhead police later pulled him over and arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, court papers stated.