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Man accused of bumping cop with van

Michael Paul Kunz, 42, of rural Ogema has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court records, on Feb. 26 a deputy and a police officer were called to the Detroit Lakes McDonald's for a welfare check requested for Kunz, who was in the drive-through line driving a green Chevy van.

When the police officer asked him to get out of line and pull the van over, he allegedly started yelling at the officer that he was going to order food first. As the deputy was walking around the front of the van, he heard Kunz yell "f... you!" at the police officer. Kunz allegedly allowed his van to roll forward and strike the deputy at low speed. The police officer had to quickly move his feet to avoid being struck, too.

When the deputy yelled at Kunz to "watch it!" Kunz allegedly stopped the van, looked at the deputy, flipped him off, and again allowed his van to roll forward. It again contacted the deputy as he attempted to get around to the driver's door.

At that point, the two officers reached into the van and attempted to place Kunz under arrest. While handcuffing him, the deputy allegedly heard Kunz say several times "all you had to do was move your feet."

Kunz appeared Feb. 28 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who set bail at $500 or bond at $5,000, with conditions, or bond at $20,000 without standard conditions of release.

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