- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of pointing a loaded rifle at a sheriff’s deputy during a car chase in North Dakota will serve about four months in prison.

Brandon Bradford, 35, of Archie, Missouri, reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. He had initially been charged with attempted murder.

Authorities said Ward County Deputy Samantha Kaul tried to stop Bradford shortly after 1 a.m. on Oct. 17 on U.S. Highway 2 between Minot and Berthold because he was driving a vehicle with no right-side tires, only rims. Kaul said that during an ensuing chase Bradford pointed a semi-automatic rifle at her.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tested the rifle and determined that Bradford never pulled the trigger. Bradford also didn’t have a prior criminal record.

Bradford also pleaded guilty Wednesday to fleeing and drunken driving. He was sentenced to serve 120 days behind bars and three years of probation, and ordered to forfeit two semi-automatic rifles found in his vehicle. With time served, Bradford will be released in a little over a week.

“We’re all very fortunate things didn’t turn out much worse,” Judge Stacy Louser told Bradford. “I hope to see better decision-making in the future.”

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