Man charged with assault for attempt to run down another car

A number of other charges followed.

Nicholas Muyskens

SLAYTON ― A Balaton resident is in police custody after a distress call came into Murray County dispatch on the morning of Dec. 2.

The caller reported that Nicholas Muyskens, 24, was chasing them down U.S. 59 and attempting to run into their vehicle. The driver was going almost 100 miles per hour, they said, but were not able to elude Muyskens.

Muyskens was reportedly going 96 miles per hour when law enforcement caught up with him. During a pat-down, officers discovered an electronic stun gun in his pocket. They also noted that he exhibited signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Muyskens allegedly admitted to having used methamphetamine two days earlier.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a stun gun by a prohibited person, both felonies. The assault charge carries a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine. He also faces a number of other charges: gross misdemeanors domestic assault and two counts of second-degree DWI; and misdemeanors reckless driving and careless driving.

If convicted, Muyskens will be sentenced based on criminal history.


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Police applied for and executed a warrant to take a sample of Muyskens's blood, and the sample was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

Muyskens is being held in Lyon County Jail on bail set at $20,000 with conditions or $75,000 without. His initial court appearance is set for Monday afternoon.

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