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Grand Forks man accused of stepping in front of bus, injuring police officer

A Grand Forks man has been arrested after he stepped in front of a moving bus and injured an officer in a scuffle, according to police.

Hunter Belgarde, 20, was charged Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court with simple assault on a police officer, a Class C felony, and preventing arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. The charges stem from a report of a suspicious man to which officers responded to at 8:57 a.m. Wednesday at the Loaf ‘N Jug at 4326 Gateway Drive.

Police identified Belgarde as the suspicious person who, according to the release, was acting strangely in the bathroom for “a significant period of time.” While police were at the scene, Belgarde stepped in front of a bus on Gateway, the release said. The driver took evasive action to avoid hitting Belgarde, but when police attempted to arrest Belgarde, a physical confrontation ensued, officers said.

One officer went to Altru Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the release said.

Belgarde has a history of criminal cases in North Dakota, including disorderly conduct, simple assault and drug-related charges, according to court records.