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Chance Braun, Minot, sentenced for kicking officer who arrested him for DUI

Chance James Braun, 22, Minot, was sentenced on Wednesday to 360 days in jail, all suspended but the two days he already served in the Ward County Jail, and 18 months of supervised probation for kicking an officer who arrested him for driving while intoxicated on July 24.

Judge Todd Cresap also ordered Braun to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and follow through on a treatment recommendation and to complete an anger management class for the Class C felony. He must also pay court costs. If he complies with all conditions, the charge will be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. Braun pleaded guilty on July 26 to the Class B misdemeanor DUI charge in Minot Municipal Court and was ordered to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation, attend a victim impact panel, and pay $750 in court costs.

The state agreed to drop a Class C felony aggravated assault charge in another case against Braun under the terms of the plea deal in the district court case. Braun had been accused of knocking a boy unconscious during a fight in August 2020. Judge Cresap ordered Braun to have no contact with the other party in that incident. The alleged victim’s mother was in agreement with dropping the charge and told a prosecutor that she hopes Braun has learned his lesson and does not want him to have a felony on his record.

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