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Ogema man sentenced for assaulting officer

Andrew Thomas Straub, 22, of 205 Dream catcher Homes, Ogema, was sentenced in Becker County Court on charges of fourth-degree assault on a peace officer, bodily fluids, and gross misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer with violence.

A felony charge of domestic assault and a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer with violence were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Feb. 22, tribal police officers were called to a residence in Ogema on the report of a domestic assault.

They found a woman visibly upset and crying. She indicated Straub was upstairs. As an officer approached, Straub allegedly grabbed hold of his badge and begin to kick him in the leg. The officer was able to get one wrist into handcuffs, but Straub allegedly continued to yell and swear and then spit full in the eye of the officer, who pepper-sprayed him, cuffed him and put him in the backset of his squad car.

As he was being transferred to a different squad car for the ride to jail, he allegedly kicked another officer in the groin, and continued to kick an officer in the legs even after leg restraints were put on him.

The woman said she confronted Straub when she came home from work about leaving their two small children unattended, and he became verbally abusive and begin to push her. She fled upstairs and called police and her father, holding a door shut on him as he tried to get into the room.

His cousin, who had been sleeping when the woman arrived home, woke up and allegedly restrained Straub as the woman left the home.

Straub has three prior domestic assault convictions from 2008 and 2009.

He appeared April 29 before District Judge Peter Irvine, who sentenced him to a year and a day in prison, stayed four years. He must serve 38 days in jail, with credit for 38 days served, pay a $950 fine plus court fees and get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations. He must also complete anger management counseling. He can do community service work in lieu of the fine.