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Grand Forks police officer found guilty in reckless endangerment case

David O'Toole

GRAND FORKS - A jury on Wednesday returned a verdict of guilty against David O'Toole, a Grand Forks officer charged with reckless endangerment in connection with a traffic stop in wind chills of 42 below that left Jason Hickman's ears frostbitten.

O'Toole, 32, was charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment for his alleged involvement in the Feb. 10 incident.

Today, jurors heard from Eric Straus, a former officer who was at the scene of the traffic stop with O'Toole.

Straus was also charged with reckless endangerment, but in an agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced last week to a year of unsupervised probation and 20 hours of community service.

The doctor who diagnosed Hickman, 25, with frostbite, O'Toole, and his superior Lt. Grant Schiller also testified today, the second day of O'Toole's trial.