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Man sentenced after hitting ex-girlfriend with car

Tremaine Michael Bucholz Chippewa County MN custody mug

WILLMAR — A man charged with hitting his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend with his car as they were biking in Montevideo was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

Tremaine Michael Bucholz, 20, of Minneapolis, also was sentenced to 13 months in prison, but that was stayed for five years, meaning he will not have to serve the time if he follows the conditions of probation.

Bucholz was sentenced Dec. 21 in Chippewa County District Court on felony criminal damage to property and a gross misdemeanor count of failure to stop for collision. Two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court documents, Bucholz accelerated his car and struck his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend when he spotted them riding bicycles at 6:08 p.m. Aug. 28 near Eastgate Apartments on the 1000 block of North 11th Street in Montevideo.

The woman suffered cuts and scrapes over her body, and reported that she had been knocked to the ground by the collision and that part of the car drove over her bicycle and part of her leg. The man also suffered unspecified injuries.

Both bicycles were destroyed, according to the complaint.

The conditions of probation include paying restitution to one of the victims, having no contact with the victims, writing letters of apology and abstaining from use or possession of alcohol and non-prescribed, mood-altering chemicals. Bucholz has also been ordered to complete cognitive skill training.

A jail sentence of 174 days was also handed down, though Bucholz has already served 116 days in jail and received credit for that time. He can also serve the time as work release or sentence to serve if eligible.