Paul Bueltel says video shows Dakota County deputies unlawfully arresting, questioning him

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Bueltel, handgun visible in his pocket, is patted down by a deputy before being placed under arrest.
Around 2 a.m. on October 27, 2012, Paul Bueltel and a friend were sitting in Bueltel's father's vehicle on the side of a road in Coates consulting a GPS system when a car pulled up behind them.

Unsure who was in the car, Bueltel began pulling away. But then the vehicle turned on its emergency flashers. Turns out two Dakota County deputies were inside.

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As one of the deputies approached on foot, he saw a handgun jutting out of Bueltel's pocket. The deputy quickly drew his weapon.

"Don't you fucking move, you understand us?!" one of the deputies yelled, while Bueltel told him, "I've got my [gun] permit, man."

Here's the footage:

Bueltel, 35, ended up being arrested and charged with refusal to submit to a sobriety test, driving under the influence, and carrying a pistol while under the influence. But reached for comment today, he says he thinks the whole case should be thrown out.

First of all, Bueltel argues the deputies had no probable cause for the traffic stop. He says he was merely on the side of the road because he was lost and wanted to safely look up directions back to his place in Rosemount. The deputies, on the other hand, claim probable cause was established both by the chain of events leading up to the stop and the fact that Bueltel's vehicle was parked in front of a business that had been burglarized months earlier.

"I observed a vehicle that appeared to be driving the wrong way on Highway 52," the incident report pertaining to the case says. "As I got closer the vehicle was not traveling on Highway 52 but was parked on the shoulder in front of the Amish Furniture Store."

Bueltel also argues a breath test that pegged him at more than twice the legal limit for driving shouldn't be admitted in court.

(For more, click to page two.)

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