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Report: DWI suspect punches officer in face

A Rochester man faces multiple charges after authorities say he was uncooperative during a DWI stop, then punched an officer in the face.

Duane Erle Calhoun, 29, was arrested Monday afternoon in an incident that began with a traffic stop during a seat belt enforcement campaign.

An officer on patrol spotted Calhoun driving without wearing his seat belt, the report says, in a vehicle with a broken taillight. The officer followed Calhoun into the alley in the 1000 block of East Center Street and approached the vehicle.

Calhoun got out of the car, said he was home, and was uncooperative and smelled of alcohol, the report says.

A 6-year-old child was also in the car, said Capt. John Sherwin. Calhoun allegedly told the child to go inside, then began walking toward the house, also.


The officer grabbed Calhoun's arm to stop him; that's when Calhoun reportedly punched the officer in the face, then went into the house.

Other officers responded to assist at the scene, Sherwin said, eventually arresting an "uncooperative" Calhoun inside the home.

A charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, a felony, has been referred to the county attorney, as have charges of second-degree DWI, driving after revocation and obstructing the legal process.

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