Stephen Hietala First Appearance

Stephen Hietala First Appearance Click to Enlarge

Bond has been set at $15,000 and cash bail at $1,500 for a Moorhead man charged with fourth-degree attempted assault on an Otter Tail County deputy.

Twenty-seven-year-old Stephen Joseph Hietala is accused in Otter Tail County District Court of trying to spit on a deputy numerous times as he was being transported from the Clay County Jail to the Otter Tail County Jail. Hietala made his first appearance on the charge Thursday.

Hietala, formerly of Perham, also faces charges in Clay County District Court for incidents August 2nd. He was arrested in Dilworth following a traffic stop on Highway 10.

Hietala allegedly fought with an officer who subdued him with a taser. But he recovered and ran off. He was found by a K-9 officer several blocks away and arrested on probable cause charges of obstruction of the legal process, fleeing on foot, and open container.

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