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Kyler Berdahl sentenced to time served, probation, for coughing in faces of Minot police officers

Kyler Thomas Berdahl, 22, Minot, was sentenced on Thursday to 360 days in jail, all suspended but the 34 days he already served in the Ward County Jail, and two years of supervised probation for deliberately coughing directly in the faces of two Minot police officers after saying he had COVID-19 on May 7.

Judge Richard Hagar also ordered Berdahl to pay $1,100 in court costs. The Class C felony offense will be deemed a Class A misdemeanor if Berdahl successfully completes probation.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Officer Thomas Lynn, police were called at 11:07 p.m. May 7 after they received a report that two men were walking along the riverbank in southeast Minot carrying flashlights. The caller believed their behavior was suspicious. The officers responded and spotted Berdahl on a skateboard heading north on 27th Street SE. The officers ordered Berdahl to stop walking and Berdahl shouted back at them and refused to stop walking. The officers grabbed Berdahl’s skateboard, tripped him and pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. At that point, Berdahl turned his head and coughed in the faces of both officers. Berdahl was also arrested on outstanding warrants.

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