Sheriff: Attacker at bar bites man's ear, injures 2 before fleeing and crashing

Both victims were taken to an area hospital.
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Police in southern Minnesota say a man seriously injured two men at a bar and then fled the scene before crashing his vehicle. 

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened at Roadtrip Bar, located at 217 Main Street North in Dover around 10:10 p.m. Wednesday. Surveillance video showed a 31-year-old man get into a verbal exchange with a group of people at the bar before he approached the group and began punching. 

The man was seen on video punching a 35-year-old man in the face, causing the victim to fall and hit his head on steps, rendering him unconscious. The attacker then punched a 46-year-old man several times before putting him in a chokehold and biting his ear. 

Deputies arrived at the bar and found the 35-year-old sitting on a bar stool that was covered in blood, and the 46-year-old victim lying on the floor as bystanders applied pressure to a wound on his head. 

The 31-year-old left the bar, with deputies later receiving a description of his vehicle. A short time later the State Patrol learned of a shirtless man leaving the scene of a crash on Hwy. 52 at the intersection with Interstate 90. 

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The shirtless person matched the description of the man from the bar, and he was confrontational with deputies who arrived at the scene, ultimately resulting in deputies tasing him and taking him to the Olmsted County Jail, where where he is facing charged of third-degree felony assault, obstruction of justice, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. 

The sheriff's office says one of the assault victims underwent surgery for multiple facial fractures while the other was treated and released from the hospital.

Bring Me The News does not typically identify suspects until formal charges are filed. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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