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Plymouth man wanted for domestic abuse faces drug charges after traffic stop

Plymouth man wanted for domestic abuse faces drug charges after traffic stop


MASON CITY - A Plymouth man wanted on domestic abuse charges now faces additional charges after a traffic stop in Cerro Gordo County. 

In addition to domestic abuse assault--first offense, Lucas Carl Dahl, 26, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana - first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Iowa State Patrol trooper stopped Dahl for speeding near mile marker 182 on I-35 northbound about 4:48 p.m. Wednesday. 

During the traffic stop, the trooper determined Dahl's license was suspended in August 2017 for not paying a fine, court documents said. 

While being arrested, the trooper asked Dahl if he possessed any marijuana, as Dahl had a had a "faint odor of marijuana" on him, court docuements said. 

“The defendant then freely handed over a plastic baggie with marijuana and a blue glass marijuana pipe used for the ingestion of marijuana from his crotch area in his pants,” the trooper wrote in the criminal complaint.

Dahl was wanted on a Cerro Gordo County warrant for domestic abuse assault on March 13. 

A woman he knew reported to Clear Lake police that she and Dahl got into an argument at a residence in the 700 block of South Ninth Street in Clear Lake about 1 a.m. that day. 

The woman allegedly told Dahl to leave the residence because he was getting upset. Dahl allegedly escalated the situation by pushing the woman down several times, throwing clothing and food on the floor and throwing dirt from a flowerpot on the woman’s car, police wrote in charging documents. 

Court documents said Dahl left and the woman locked the door behind him. Dahl then kicked in the front door to the apartment, breaking the door frame, the criminal complaint said.

He allegedly started yelling at the woman again, and she hit Dahl in the face in an attempt to get him to leave, according to court documents. 

Dahl pushed the woman down again and eventually left before police arrived, court documents said.

Police said in court documents that Dahl “initially declined to comment on the incident with police” but “eventually admitted to pushing the victim once, but only after he was hit.”

Dahl allegedly told officers, "I did it all. I'll be the bad guy, I don't give a f---."

Dahl refused to tell officers what the fight was over because it was personal, court documents said. The woman reported Dahl had a history of abusing her.

Dahl is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on two bonds totaling $1,300. No court date has been set.  

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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