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Re. Daudt says he was a witness, not troublemarker

ST. PAUL — House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says he was a witness to a confrontation when he traveled to Montana to buy a Ford Bronco.

A Twin Cities television station reported he was involved in the dispute and was handcuffed, but not charged.

Daudt, R-Crown, said in a statement that the Montana truck owner did not accurately spell out the condition and mileage of the vehicle. “A confrontation ensued between my friend, who traveled with me to Montana to assist in bringing the truck back to Minnesota, and the seller who had misled us. ... I did everything I could to calm down the seller, diffuse the situation and get my friend and me out of harm’s way.”

Daudt said his friend took the politician’s handgun “without my knowledge from my vehicle.” The gun was not fired, Daudt added.

“Police were called and my friend was detained and charged by local authorities,” Daudt said. “As a witness, I provided a statement to local authorities, who informed me that at no time was I accused by anyone of any wrongdoing, and that according to all accounts I was trying to diffuse the situation.”

KSTP-TV reported that Daudt was read his rights and handcuffed. However, Daudt said, he assumes that handcuffing him was “standard operating procedure” while officers tried to figure out what was happening.

Don Davis works for Forum News Service.