An Akeley man will spend 44 months in prison for a violent attack on a state trooper.
Elijah Knowles, 26, was stopped for drunk driving in October last year. He lashed out during his arrest and it was all caught on dash cam video.
It started like a typical traffic stop. Knowles was serving on Highway 34 near Park Rapids around 1:30 a.m. and was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.
He failed the field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of .14, according to the breathalyzer. The female officer prepared to arrest him, but Knowles had other plans.
“He wasn’t going to listen to that,” said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. “He was going to do it his way.”
Dearstyne relied on the dash cam video during Knowles’ trial in February, and it showed a fight over the trooper’s taser. Then it showed Knowles pulling her into a ditch.