- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man faces several charges after he drove through a fence and later used a 6-year-old girl as a shield during his arrest.

Valley City Police Department Chief Fred Thompson says 28-year-old Carson Messmer has been arrested on charges including reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

Thompson says the Fessenden man on Sunday drove through a farm’s fence and into a pile of dirt, which sent his pickup into the air. Messmer and the girl traveling with him then left the area on foot.

Thompson says officers later located Messmer, who held the girl as a shield when an officer pointed a stun gun at him. Officers managed to arrest Messmer, and he was taken to a hospital along with the girl.

Barnes County Social Services took custody of the girl, while Messmer was taken to jail. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

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