Sheriff: Intoxicated man in skid-steer goes after utility workers near Dassel

The utility workers were on the site of a cell phone tower.
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A man is in custody after allegedly using a skid-steer in a confrontation with utility workers in Meeker County. 

The encounter between the man and utility workers happened around 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, which reports that a 67-year-old Dassel man threatened workers at a cell tower site located on the 71200 block of 240th St. in Dassel Township. 

The man is accused of using a Bobcat skid-steer to try and flip over equipment the utility workers were using, then threatening to overturn their work trucks. 

Deputies responding to the report located the man while he was on his way back to his house.

The 67-year-old, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, was arrested and booked into the Meeker County Jail on pending charges of second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and DUI. 

According to the sheriff's office, the man was "upset the workers were out there so he confronted them." 

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