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July 1, 2013

Two face assault charges for clipping deputy

Deputies search for man who allegedly pushed driver's foot


At that point Phillips was able to identify Nielsen as the driver and ordered her to walk over toward a green pickup that also had stopped. That also was when Phillips realized he hadn't put his squad car into park and it had rolled down Neubert Lane, according to the complaints.

Nielsen told Phillips she wanted to stop, but Friedrichs had pushed her foot against the gas pedal in her car, Phillips reported. She also allegedly admitted a bloody spot on her hand was from punching out the window of Leah Bollman's car.

After being handcuffed, Nielsen gave Phillips a detailed description of the clothing Friedrichs was wearing. Several other law enforcement officers arrived to assist with the search, but Friedrichs couldn't be located in the wooded area adjacent to the Blue Earth River.

Friedrichs was arrested in February after a South Bend Township man reported he had been assaulted by two men who broke into his house. The second-degree assault charge was later dismissed after another man came forward and admitted he had assaulted the man. That man told investigators he was helping the victim's wife move out and only punched the victim after the victim tried to hit him first.

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