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Duluth man faces assault and other charges in car-ramming incident

A Duluth man who allegedly rammed his car into a police car and used his head to shatter the rear window of a second police car was charged with seven crimes Wednesday in St. Louis County District Court.

A Duluth man who allegedly rammed his car into a police car and used his head to shatter the rear window of a second police car was charged with seven crimes Wednesday in St. Louis County District Court.

Devin Wayne Jourdain, 21, is charged with second-degree assault, felony assault on a peace officer, first-degree criminal damage to property, terroristic threats, driving while impaired, test refusal and obstructing legal process.

According to the criminal complaint:

Duluth police were called to 222 Pecan Ave. at 8:30 p.m. Monday on a report of a domestic assault. A woman there had a bruise over her left eye and was crying. But she became uncooperative when questioned by police and provided two different names of the man she said assaulted her, including the name of the defendant.

Police later encountered Jourdain in the apartment complex parking lot. Jourdain ran his red Saturn into the front of the squad car with such force that the squad car rode up onto the hood of the suspect's vehicle.

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Jourdain refused to cooperate until the officer drew his Taser. The defendant got on the ground without the Taser being used.

As Jourdain was being taken into custody, he resisted and slammed his head into the rear window of the squad car. He threatened to kill the officers and their families. That led to the terroristic threat charge. He spit at an officer and a spit hood was placed over his mouth. He fought while waiting for an ambulance.

He continued to act out of control at the hospital, the complaint alleges, until he was medicated.

Jourdain is being held in the St. Louis County Jail on $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 3.

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