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Deputy, officer injured in DWI stop


A Rochester man is facing multiple charges after he injured an Olmsted County sheriff’s deputy and a Rochester police officer during a DWI stop.

Robert Michael Chappius, 31, could be charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, a felony, obstruction of the legal process, a gross misdemeanor, as well as fleeing a police officer on foot, a misdemeanor, in Olmsted County District Court.

The deputy stopped Chappius at 11 p.m. near 11th Avenue and Third Street Northeast as part of a DWI traffic stop; she requested assistance from RPD, according to Rochester Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis.

After conducting a field sobriety test and determining Chappius was under the influence, the deputy placed him under arrest. But Chappius refused to place his hands behind his back, and pushed the deputy to the ground, injuring her arm.

The Rochester Police officer attempted to tackle Chappius, but he fought back, causing a laceration on the officer’s chin. That officer later received four stitches at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys.


Chappius took off running, but was taken into custody a short time later.

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