Minn. man gets prison time for leaving girlfriend, child in subzero temps


A northern Minnesota man was sentenced to one year in prison after forcing his girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter to stand on the side of the interstate in the bitter cold.

Forum Communications reports 44-year-old Scott Boothman of Warroad pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and drunk driving in January.

Authorities say the three were traveling to Grand Forks in December when Boothman and his girlfriend got into and argument and he threatened to kill her.

Boothman stopped the vehicle on Interstate 29 near Grafton, N.D. and forced the woman and her daughter to get out. The wind chill was -25 to -30 degrees.

The woman was calling 911 when Boothman tackled her, causing her to roll into a ditch. The three got back into the car and continued to drive.

Boothmen led police on a chase that reached speeds up to 100 mph, the Associated Press reports. Officers eventually caught up with him and placed him under arrest.

The woman and girl were not injured.

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