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Joshua Lochthowe, Minot, found guilty of assaulting deputy while resisting arrest, fleeing from deputies

Joshua Ryan Lochthowe, 27, Minot, was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday of assaulting a Ward County deputy while resisting arrest after he was stopped on Dec. 27, 2019, then speeding away with the deputy’s body camera still in his pickup. He was acquitted of driving while intoxicated.

He had gone to trial on the charges on Tuesday and the verdict was handed down Wednesday. He had been charged with Class B felony aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to a peace officer but the jury found him guilty of the lesser offense of Class C felony assault.

Sentencing on the Class C felony assault, Class C felony resisting arrest, Class A misdemeanor fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and Class B misdemeanor reckless driving charges is scheduled for Nov. 4 before Judge Gary Lee.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Lochthowe fled from the traffic stop after resisting arrest and assaulting Ward County Deputy Joseph Jackson. Joshua Lochthowe drove off in his 2001 GMC Sierra pickup. Deputies chased him, but lost sight of him on 100th Avenue NE. When he fled, his vehicle contained Jackson’s body camera and a flashlight which fell off Jackson’s outer carrier vest during his struggle with Joshua Lochthowe. Deputies lost sight of Lochthowe’s vehicle. Lochthowe’s vehicle got stuck at a gravel pit and the body camera got lost at the site. The body camera was later found and turned into the jail by his father, Justin Lochthowe. The state dismissed a Class C felony hindering law enforcement charge against Justin Lochthowe on June 23.

Deputies reviewed the footage from the body camera after it was turned in to the jail. It recorded Joshua Lochthowe speeding away from the traffic stop and getting stuck. Joshua Lochthowe tried to turn off the camera, but he turned the camera off and then back on. He can be heard leaving the vehicle and then throwing the camera through the air, according to the affidavit.

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