Minot man accused of assaulting police officer in traffic stop gone wrong

MINOT, N.D. – A 29-year-old Minot man is in custody on a series of charges stemming from a traffic stop Thursday, including accusations he assaulted a police officer by trapping his arm in a car window.

Prosecutors have charged Daniel Dumas with 10 felony and misdemeanor charges, including an A-felony drug charge that carries with it a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Police say they stopped a car in the 300 block of East Burdick Expressway shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday for a brake light not working and no light by the license plate. They say the passenger in the car, later identified as Dumas, gave a fake name.

According to the criminal affidavit, at one point Dumas began drinking out of an open alcohol bottle in front of them, at which point an officer grabbed it and tossed it away.

Police say they thought Dumas might be reaching for possible weapons, and when an officer grabbed his arm to try to stop him, Dumas rolled the window up, trapping the officer’s arm in the door.

The officer began striking Dumas in the head with an open hand, at which point officers say Dumas began pulling down on the officer’s arm, hurting his shoulder.

Another officer drew his pistol at Dumas and told him to exit the vehicle. The officer also tried to electronically subdue Dumas but was unable to, although the first officer managed to wrestle his way out of the window.

Investigators say Dumas ordered the driver to flee the scene, and at some point during the pursuit, Dumas and the driver changed positions in the car.

Officers later pursued Dumas on foot into a northwest Minot apartment. Police set up a perimeter, and Dumas eventually surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

With the help of a K-9 officer, investigators found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, including inside a backpack behind the driver’s seat.

Dumas made his initial appearance on the charges Thursday and will be back in court for his preliminary hearing and arraignment July 18.

According to court records, Dumas has a warrant out of Cass County for a cocaine possession charge.

He also struck a deal for time served in an unrelated 2016 child neglect case where he and another woman were accused of leaving two young children in a running car outside of a Minot bar for almost an hour in December.

Here are the charges Dumas faces in the Minot incident on June 13:

Delivery of Methamphetamine, 50 grams or more – A felony

Possession of heroin with the intent to manufacture/deliver – B felony

Possession of a Schedule II substance with the intent to manufacture/deliver – B felony

Possession of cocaine, second offense – C felony

Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – C felony

Criminal trespassing – C felony

Simple assault on a peace/correctional officer – C felony

Conspiracy to commit preventing arrest – C felony

False information to law enforcement – A misdemeanor

Fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle – A misdemeanor

Minot Police say warrants are being gathered for the driver, but it’s unclear at this time on what charges.