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Man pleads to lesser charge in threat against Willmar officer

Daniel Trevino, 29, of Hancock, pleaded guilty Monday to two gross misdemeanor charges.

WILLMAR -- A former Willmar man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from threats against the Willmar police officer who arrested him Oct. 2 after a drunken-driving crash.

Daniel Trevino, 29, of Hancock, pleaded guilty Monday to two gross misdemeanor charges for obstructing the legal process and criminal vehicular operation.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the obstruction charge was reduced from a felony for terroristic threats. Two additional gross misdemeanor charges against Trevino of driving while impaired will be dismissed. He is set to be sentenced June 6.

According to the complaint against Trevino, he 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 noted that the officer recognized Trevino's statement as a direct threat, based on the Sept. 15 shooting incident involving another Willmar police officer when a squad car was struck in the headlight.

The charges were filed after Oct. 2, when an 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 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.

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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