Man allegedly assaulted troopers, Fairmont officer

FAIRMONT — A Rogers, Arizona, man is facing felony charges in Martin County.

Danilo Antonio Throne, 23, has been charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer in the fourth degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $6,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

At 8:23 p.m. July 15, two Minnesota State Patrol troopers were advised of a driving complaint on I-90 near milepost 107. The complainant advised that a tan Infiniti motor vehicle was “all over the road,” had varying speeds and was crossing lane lines.

While the troopers were responding to the area, dispatch advised that the vehicle had struck construction barriers, lost a tire, drove into a ditch and was attempting to drive again.

One of the troopers drove up to the scene and observed the suspect vehicle sitting on the entrance ramp to I-90 westbound at exit 107. The trooper observed heavy vehicle debris in the roadway and that the front end of the vehicle had sustained heavy damage. Its front window was shattered.

The trooper approached the vehicle and observed a male party lying down in the driver’s side back seat, holding a small dog. The trooper asked what happened, and the driver indicated his front right tire went out, causing him to crash.

The trooper observed that the man, later identified as Throne, was slurring his speech. He also noticed that his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy. The trooper also observed that Throne was confused and disoriented.

During his conversation with the trooper, Throne admitted he did not have a valid driver’s license and admitted the vehicle he was driving was not covered by insurance. The trooper had Throne exit the vehicle. As he was doing so, Throne used the vehicle to balance himself.

As Throne stepped away from the vehicle, he almost fell over and required assistance by the trooper. Throne denied using alcohol or drugs prior to driving.

The trooper administered a number of sobriety tests and observed numerous clues that Throne was impaired by a controlled substance. Throne was placed under arrest, handcuffed and searched. Troopers discovered a white powdery residue in a baggie on him, along with a heart-shaped pill that was consistent with a designer drug known to law enforcement.

Throne was driven to Mayo-Fairmont and a search warrant was obtained for a sample of his blood. The trooper attempted to take Throne’s phone away, but Throne squeezed the phone and yanked his hand away. Throne then stood up as if to get out of the squad vehicle and almost fell.

Throne walked with assistance to the detox transport vehicle and began to sit down in the vehicle. Then Throne stood up quickly and came toward the trooper. The trooper backed up and grabbed Throne’s arm so as not to fall down, and Throne yanked his arm away and stuck his arm out and pushed the trooper.

The two troopers attempted to control Throne as he actively resisted. Throne then folded his body and went to the ground. The troopers struggled with Throne, but were eventually able to put handcuffs back on him.

A Fairmont Police officer arrived to assist as Throne continued to struggle. Throne began calling the officers inappropriate names as he rolled back and attempted to kick them.

Throne then looked at the Fairmont officer, called him a racist and spit in the officer’s face. Officers continued to struggle with Throne on the ground while he continued to spit at them.

The officers were eventually able to get a spit shield on Throne.


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