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Court news: Heavy window tint leads to meth charge; White Earth man accused of assault, threats

The trooper could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, and Skauge was fidgety and restless. He admitted to using methamphetamine in the past, and that he typically smokes or snorts it, according to court records.

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DETROIT LAKES — Patrick Joseph Skauge, 41, of Lake Park has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor DWI.

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According to court records, on June 20, he was pulled over by a state trooper on Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes because of very dark window tint on his Chevrolet Camaro.

While speaking with Skauge, the trooper could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, and Skauge was fidgety and restless. He admitted to using methamphetamine in the past, and that he typically smokes or snorts it.

During a search, a bag with 1.1 grams of meth was found in his pocket, and another 4.25 grams of methamphetamine was found in the center console. A blood sample was sent to the BCA lab for analysis.

On June 22, he was released without bail, under standard conditions. On Aug. 22, a warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court.

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On Sept. 9 he was again released without bail, under standard conditions, and a public defender was appointed.

His next court appearance is Oct. 10.

Detroit Lakes woman charged for two Adderall pills

Lindsey Joann Stewart, 29, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on June 22, she was arrested in Detroit Lakes on a Department of Corrections warrant.

During a search of Stewart's wallet, the officer found two crushed Adderall pills. She was taken to jail.

On June 28 she posted $200 bail and was released with conditions.

A settlement conference is set for Dec. 6, and trial will start Dec. 20 if necessary.

White Earth man accused of assault, threats

Derek Todd Blakely, 35, of White Earth has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of felony terroristic threats.

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A felony charge of first-degree damage to property was dismissed as part of an amended criminal complaint involving the three felony charges.

According to court records, on June 22 in White Earth, Blakely was accused of being heavily intoxicated and getting into an argument with a female relative, who he shoved down and held down, then slapped once on the face.

Blakely is accused of threatening “to kill her" and of threatening to punch her "until she stops breathing," before he left the scene in a van, according to the criminal complaint.

Blakely was arrested the next day as a passenger in a traffic stop, and when asked about the assault, he said he was "sorry for what happened."

He was arrested and placed in the back of a patrol car squad.

As the officer was conducting field sobriety testing on the driver, Blakely was kicking the window of the squad car and screaming. He then told two police officers that he was going to "whack" them and to "watch out." He continued to kick the window after being told to stop, and was eventually shackled and restrained to prevent further damage.

He remained in the Becker County Jail as of Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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