Superior police officer charged in assaultA veteran Superior police officer was scheduled to be arraigned in Carlton County District Court today accused of punching his girlfriend three times, including twice in the face, after an argument that started at the Black Bear Casino.
By: Mark Stodghill, Superior Telegram
A veteran Superior police officer was scheduled to be arraigned in Carlton County District Court today 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.
According to police reports, the alleged victim, a 32-year-old Lake Nebagamon woman, said that 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 weighs 195 pounds. The woman is 5 foot 10 and weighs 135 pounds.
The vehicle apparently was then stopped and the woman got out and Hawkin drove away. 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.
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.
A phone message seeking comment from the victim wasn’t immediately returned.