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Bill Pulkrabek dodges felony charges in alleged domestic assault

Pulkrabek won't face felony charges.

Pulkrabek won't face felony charges.

Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek, arrested last week for allegedly choking his girlfriend and dragging her down a flight of stairs by her hair, won't face felony charges.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi made the announcement late yesterday, and said the case has been referred to a city attorney for misdemeanor charges instead.

The alleged abuse happened at the Woodbury home of Brian LeClair, a former adviser for Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

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Pulkrabek, credited with helping launch Rep. Michele Bachmann's political career, has been living there while working out a divorce.

"Our prosecutors thoroughly reviewed the evidence presented to us by police and determined that there is insufficient evidence to bring a felony charge in this case," Choi said. "However, our prosecutors believe that a city attorney should consider bringing a misdemeanor charge in this case, and we have been informed that will happen."

Here's the arrest report:

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