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Morton man sentenced for assaulting Redwood Falls police officer at hospital

A Morton man, Dane Paul Nelson, age 33, has been sentenced in Redwood County Court for assaulting a police officer at a local hospital several months ago.

According to court documents, on March 5, 2022, a Redwood Falls police officer was called to Carris Health – Redwood to assist medical staff. Nelson was walking back and forth around the nurses’s station, and admitted being in possession of methamphetamine. Medical staff told the officer that Nelson had been entering various rooms looking for needles to shoot up.

The officer tried questioning Nelson, who stated he wanted to use the last of his meth before being placed in a facility. He eventually gave the officer a small plastic bag containing meth, then walked away from the officer.

Medical staff asked the officer to escort Nelson back to his designated room. When Nelson became agitated and began to yell, the officer grabbed Nelson’s arm. After a brief tussle, the officer tased Nelson, who was eventually handcuffed and taken to a secure room.

A later X-ray of the officer’s right wrist indicated a small bone in his wrist may have become dislocated.

On April 25, Dane Paul Nelson was sentenced for fourth degree assault and obstructing the legal process / interfering with a police officer, to a concurrent total of 365 days local confinement, stayed 275 days for two years with credit for 19 days time served, three years supervised probation, and fines and fees of $485.


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