Kyler Thomas Berdahl, 22, Minot, was sentenced on Thursday to 360 days in prison, all suspended however the 34 days he currently served in the Ward County Jail, and 2 years of monitored probation for intentionally coughing straight in the faces of 2 Minot policeman after stating he had COVID-19 on May 7.
Judge Richard Hagar likewise purchased Berdahl to pay $1,100 in court expenses. The Class C felony offense will be considered a Class A misdemeanor if Berdahl effectively finishes probation.
According to the possible cause affidavit submitted with the court by Officer Thomas Lynn, authorities were called at 11:07 p.m. May 7 after they got a report that 2 males were strolling along the riverbank in southeast Minot bring flashlights. The caller thought their habits was suspicious. The officers reacted and identified Berdahl on a skateboard heading north on 27th Street SE. The officers purchased Berdahl to stop strolling and Berdahl yelled back at them and declined to stop strolling. The officers got Berdahl’s skateboard, tripped him and pressed him to the ground and handcuffed him. At that point, Berdahl turned his head and coughed in the faces of both officers. Berdahl was likewise detained on exceptional warrants.