State trooper recovering after weekend assault

9:18 AM, Oct 25, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota State Patrol trooper is expected to make a full recovery after being assaulted in Hubbard County over the weekend, the State Patrol says.

Trooper Darcy Gagnon stopped 26-year-old Elijah Lee Knowles of Akeley for a DWI arrest, Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol said in a release. As Gagnon attempted to put Knowles in handcuffs, Roeske says Knowles resisted arrested and hit Gagnon on the head several times with her Taser.

According to the criminal complaint, Knowles put the Taser to the Gagnon's head and pulled the trigger, but the safety prevented the Taser from firing.

Gagnon needed staples to close the wound in her head.

Roeske says after Hubbard County Sheriff deputies arrived to the call, Knowles fled the scene and started a high speed chase. Knowles eventually crashed his car. The criminal complaint says deputies had to use mace and arm bars to secure Knowles in handcuffs after the crash. Knowles also kicked one of the assisting officers in the chest when being put into the squad car, the complaint says.

Knowles was charged with nine counts including first degree assault. Six of the charges are felonies and three are gross misdemeanors.

He is currently being held in Hubbard County on $250,000 bail.

The criminal complaint says Knowles' breathalyzer test showed he had a .143 blood alcohol concentration. Knowles was also arrested for DWI in January 2008.

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