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Man faces charge for threatening law officer after crash

WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on a felony charge of terroristic threats for allegedly threatening the Willmar police officer who arrested him Saturday evening after a drunken-driving crash.

Daniel Trevino allegedly told the officer, who was escorting him to the county jail, that "minorities are gonna take over you (expletive) some day" and "ain't going to be a front headlight next time.

It'll be your (expletive)."

The complaint against Trevino filed in Kandiyohi County District Court says that the officer recognized Trevino's statement as a direct threat, based on the Sept. 15 shooting incident involving another Willmar police officer.

Four men, Leroy Diaz Evans, 26, Jesus Trevino, 33, Arcadio Salinas Jr., 23, and Adrian Salinas, 20, were charged with first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer in connection to their roles in allegedly shooting at the officer. One of the bullets struck the headlight of the officer's squad car. Two other shots struck a nearby occupied home along the 800 block of Second Street Southeast.

Daniel Trevino also faces gross misdemeanor charges for criminal vehicular operation and driving while impaired for Saturday evening's incident. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the other driver, with a passenger in the crash nor with the officer. Daniel Trevino's next appearance is Oct. 18.

According to the complaint, around 9:20 p.m. Saturday the officer was westbound on U.S. Highway 12 near Second Street and came upon a motor vehicle crash. A van had rear-ended a sport utility vehicle.

The van driver was identified as Trevino, who said he did not see the other vehicle stopped at a red light. Trevino denied drinking alcohol, but exhibited signs of consumption. The officer administered field sobriety tests, which Trevino failed. A preliminary blood alcohol level at the scene was 0.158 percent. The threshold for drunken driving is 0.08 percent.

Trevino was taken into custody and allegedly threatened the officer while they were driving to the county jail. Trevino also attempted to get out of his handcuffs while the officer was attempting to give him information related to his arrest and was taken off to jail.

Trevino's criminal history includes a driver's license revocation in January 2004 for driving while impaired.

The driver and passenger in the sport utility vehicle said they had neck pain but did not wish to be transported by ambulance for treatment.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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