Charges Filed Against Johnstone

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

DanielJohnstoneA Rush City man faces up to 20 years in prison for a burglary and assault, Sunday, in North Branch.  Charges were filed against Daniel Johnstone, 50, on Monday.  He faces one count of first degree burglary and third degree driving while impaired.

According to North Branch Lieutenant Daniel Meyer, Johnstone was intoxicated at the time of the incident, which occurred around 7 a.m.  He allegedly broke into the trailer home, assaulted the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend, and then fled the scene.  Johnston allegedly hit the man in the ear and face and grabbed him around the next.

Meyer on the arrest:

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North Branch police later stopped Johnstone on I-35 northbound.  Johstone agreed to an Intoxilyzer test and blew a .20, which is above the .08 legal limit.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnstone told police that he did not force entry, but rather, was invited into the home.  He did admit fighting with the man.

The first degree burglary charges carry a max-penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.  The charges for DWI are punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a $3,000 fine.

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