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Grand Forks police officer injured responding to domestic call

A Grand Forks man is accused of tussling with a police officer, kicking her in the leg and injuring her knee while she was responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Neil Ostlie, 33, was being held on $7,500 bail Wednesday at the Grand Forks County jail, a correctional officer said.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched Friday to the 2200 block of South 34th Street for a fight in a pickup. A few blocks away, Officer Lindsay Wold found the pickup in a parking lot and saw Ostlie in an argument with a woman who was bleeding from her face, the reports say.

When Wold tried to handcuff Ostlie, the reports say, he grabbed her shoulders, tried to push her to the ground and kicked her left leg. During the scuffle, Wold injured her right knee, the reports state.

Ostlie is charged with simple assault on a peace officer, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He also faces misdemeanor counts of preventing arrest and simple assault.

The simple assault charge stems from an allegation that Ostlie hit the woman in the pickup in the face and pushed her face into a window. Ostlie told police he struck the woman, who he was dating, after she hit him, the reports say.

According to the state courts website, Ostlie does not yet have an attorney. Messages left for him at the jail were not returned Wednesday.

His arraignment is set for April 20.