DARIUS OSHAI BARNES

An Onamia man, Darius Oshai Barnes, 21, is being charged with a felony drug charge and two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and reckless driving for an incident occurring on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Mille Lacs Grand Casino.

According to the complaint:

On Aug. 16, Mille Lacs Tribal Police were called to the Grand Casino in Mille Lacs County on a report of a person being dragged by a car. At the scene, officers spoke with the victim who reported that Barnes had been driving a vehicle and dragged her several hundred feet while her body was outside the vehicle.

The victim reported that her right arm was in the vehicle because she was trying to get the car back from Barnes as he pressed the accelerator and drove off. Surveillance footage confirmed that the victim was dragged several several hundred feet.

The victim had red marks on her arm and was crying. A witness reported seeing Barnes pulling the victim’s hair and yelling at her as he was driving, according to the complaint. Another witness reported that during the altercation, Barnes drove over the victim’s foot, injuring her.

Officers spoke with Barnes who claimed that he was helpless to stop the vehicle because the victim had “grabbed his leg.” He also denied being able to park the vehicle or put it in neutral. He claimed the victim began hitting him while her arm was in the vehicle.

Barnes was placed under arrest, and during the arrest process, law enforcement observed Barnes placing a paper bindle on a nearby signpost. The bindle contained an off-white powder consistent with heroin and had a weight of .65 grams. The bindle’s field test for heroin was inconclusive, but law enforcement noted that the presence of fentanyl would render the test inconclusive.

The drug possession felony charge comes with a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The domestic assault misdemeanor-intentionally inflicting/attempting to inflict bodily harm charge comes with a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The reckless driving misdemeanor charge comes with a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

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