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Man who ran over officer sentenced to 12 years

FARGO – The Fargo man who ran over a city police officer last month, and then was caught on tape telling his girlfriend in a jail phone call that he should have killed the man, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years.

Jack Michael Christensen, 49, pleaded guilty Thursday in Cass County District Court to Class B felony assaulting a peace officer, and to leaving the scene of an injury accident and aggravated assault, both Class C felonies.

Two other charges were dropped as part of a plea deal Christensen struck with prosecutors. He will receive credit for 45 days served.

Officer Brent Malone was trying to stop Christensen for questioning Nov. 4 in connection with a stabbing in Fargo.

When Malone approached the vehicle, Christensen stepped on the gas, hitting the officer and knocking him unconscious, prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek said.

Christensen, who has a lengthy criminal history, was certified as a habitual offender by Judge Steven Marquart.