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Bottineau man accused of pepper-spraying Fargo police officer

Travis Lee Brudwick

FARGO -- A Bottineau man has pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in which he's accused of pepper-spraying a Fargo police officer near a south side bar here Sunday night.

Travis Lee Brudwick, also known as Travis Lee Wilkie, 25, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of simple assault and one count of preventing arrest, both Class C felonies, plus one count of giving false information to law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Court documents say Fargo police were dispatched to the Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse at 1201 Westrac Drive about 1:15 a.m. Sunday on an attempt to locate call.

When they arrived, they found a man who gave his name, alternately, as Travis Lorren Ross and Travis Lorren Frost.

Fargo police Officer Michael Anderson asked the man to sit in his squad car, and noticed Travis was holding his hand in his pocket.

Anderson then asked him to remove the hand from his pocket twice, without Travis complying,  the criminal complaint says.

When the officer reached for the man's hand, Travis pulled it out, punched the officer in the face and then sprayed his face with pepper spray.

Two other officers chased Travis as he started to run away, with one officer and the man slipping on the ice and colliding with a parked car.

It took the two officers and a Borrowed Bucks bouncer to deal with the fleeing man, who continued resisting until one of the officers Tased him in the back, the complaint says.

Anderson, whose face was red and splotchy from the pepper spray, was transported to Sanford Medical Center.

Brudwick, who refused medical treatment, was placed under arrest.

His next court appearance is set for March 2.