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Charges: Drunk Truman man head-butted cop car during hammer attack arrest

(Fairmont, MN) – A Truman man who is accused of throwing a hammer at his neighbors and head-butting a cop car will face criminal charges.

Steven Alan Persinger, 32, was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Martin County Court for the May 31st incident.

Persinger’s neighbors told police that they were standing outside their home when he threw a hammer at them and nearly struck the pair.  They showed police the hammer in the grass and the damage it had to the siding of the home.

While standing outside the neighbor’s home, police saw an intoxicated Persinger and arrested him.  As deputies began searching him, Persinger head-butted the squad car, leaving a dent behind the passenger window, according to the complaint.

Court documents say Persinger admitted en route to the Martin County Jail that he’d thrown a hammer at his neighbors.  He later told police during an interview that two people had been trespassing on his property, and he believed it was his neighbors, so he threw the hammer at them.  He admitted that he’d possibly consumed a 12-pack of beer.  Persinger was on probation and was prohibited from consuming alcohol.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and damage to property.

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