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Published January 14, 2014, 08:51 AM

UND student charged with assaulting officer

Grand Forks, ND - A UND anthropology major appeared Monday in court on a felony charge alleging she assaulted a Grand Forks police officer Sunday during an incident near where she lives north of campus in the 3500 block of 13th Avenue North.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Forum News Service, Grand Forks Herald, Forum News Service

Grand Forks, ND - A UND anthropology major appeared Monday in court on a felony charge alleging she assaulted a Grand Forks police officer Sunday during an incident near where she lives north of campus in the 3500 block of 13th Avenue North.

Elizabeth Beecroft, 22, appeared via interactive TV from the Grand Forks County jail, showing a large black bruise around her left eye.

David Jones, an assistant state’s attorney for Grand Forks County, told state District Judge Jon Jensen she hit Grand Forks Police Officer Daniel Harvala “with intent to cause bodily harm,” a Class C felony count with a top sentence of five years in prison if she’s convicted.

Jones asked for her bail to be set at $1,000 cash or surety and that urine tests are ordered.

“She has no prior criminal record, but this was some very extreme erratic behavior involved here,” said Jones in asking that Beecroft even undergo a urine test before she’s released on bail.

“We recommend Ms. Beecroft undergo a urinalysis prior to release and set up for weekly urinalysis until we get some idea what we have here.”

Beecroft told Judge Jensen she’s senior majoring in anthropology originally from Minnewaukan, N.D.

“This is my last semester before I go to grad school,” she said.

“I don’t even remember it happening, I don’t know what happened, other than what people told me,” Beecroft said. “I wasn’t on drugs. I’ve never done drugs in my entire life. It was just alcohol.”

Jensen set her bail at $1,000 cash or surety and ordered her to get weekly urine tests.

Beecroft said, “Why the urine test?”

“There is some concern about your behavior in your case,” Jensen said. “It looks like you probably were under the influence of something. If not, then taking the test would not be a problem. This was an assault on a police officer, an extremely serious charge.”

Jensen set Beecroft’s preliminary hearing for Feb. 12. She remained in jail Monday evening.

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