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Red Lake man pleads guilty to assaulting a police officer


RED LAKE—A Red Lake man pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting a police officer, according to a United States Attorney's Office press release.

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger on Thursday announced the guilty plea of Nodin Makwa, 21, of Red Lake, for charging at a police officer with his car after a high-speed chase.

On Jan. 5, Makwa was indicted on one count of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees. Makwa pleaded guilty Thursday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis.

According to the defendant's guilty plea, on Aug. 8, 2015, Red Lake Police responded to a call from a woman who said Makwa threatened her child with a sword. When police located his vehicle and tried to pull him over, Makwa sped away at 120 miles per hour. After several police cars boxed in Makwa's car, a Beltrami County deputy sheriff attempted to approach Makwa, who then reversed his vehicle into the officer. The officer was knocked unconscious, and sustained a broken hip and a concussion.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Highway Patrol and the Beltrami County Sheriff.


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