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Superior cop in court on assault charge

A veteran Superior police officer made his first appearance in Carlton County District Court on Tuesday after being accused of punching his girlfriend three times, including twice in the face, after an argument that started at the Black Bear Casi...

Daniel Ellis Hawkin II
Daniel Ellis Hawkin II

A veteran Superior police officer made his first appearance in Carlton County District Court on Tuesday after being accused of punching his girlfriend three times, including twice in the face, after an argument that started at the Black Bear Casino early Sunday.

Daniel Ellis Hawkin II, 43, a sergeant who has been a member of the Superior Police Department for 19 years and lives in Duluth, is charged with misdemeanor domestic assault. He is also a member of his force's tactical response team.

Hawkin was ushered into the fourth-floor courtroom at the Carlton County Courthouse in the customary orange jumpsuit and handcuffs to appear before 6th Judicial District Judge Dale Wolf on Tuesday. Hawkin appeared clean-cut, calm -- and alone. While other male prisoners who appeared that morning were brought in groups of two or three, Hawkins was transported from the Carlton County Jail alone, the last prisoner to appear for the morning.

Hawkin was released from the Carlton County Jail under conditions set by the court, which include an order that he have no contact with the alleged victim, use no alcohol or nonprescribed drugs and report any change of address to court administration.

Hawkin's next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3.

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According to police reports, the alleged victim, a 32-year-old Lake Nebagamon woman, said she had been at the casino with her boyfriend, Hawkin, and they had gotten into an argument because she wanted to leave and he didn't.

While traveling on Interstate 35 near the Cloquet or Scanlon exit, Hawkin became more agitated and allegedly punched the woman three times. Hawkin is 6 feet tall and 195 pounds. The woman is 5 foot 10 and 135 pounds.

The vehicle apparently was then stopped and the woman got out and Hawkin drove away. The temperature at the Cloquet airport at 1 a.m. Sunday was 13 below zero, according to the National Weather Service. The alleged victim flagged down a vehicle and was driven to a friend's house in Duluth, where she reported the incident to law enforcement, the complaint said.

According to a Duluth police officer, the woman had a split lip and swelling associated with the injury. Police arrested Hawkin about 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

Superior police Chief Floyd Peters said that as a result of the allegations, Hawkin has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations.

Phone messages seeking comments from Hawkin and the alleged victim weren't immediately returned.

Pine Journal Publisher Wendy Johnson contributed to this report.

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