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South Central District Judge James Hill has denied a lower bond to the 22-year-old man accused of trying to run over a Bismarck police officer.

Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado appeared via interactive television Wednesday in Burleigh County District Court, accompanied by appointed counsel Bobbi Weiler, who asked Hill to reduce her client's $500,000 cash bond to $10,000. 

Weiler said the defendant has family in Plaza in Mountrail County, where he also has a warrant for another case. She also stressed that other clients in similar cases have had their bond set at $10,000 cash and "in this case, I don't believe there's an allegation the victim was actually harmed."

Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Tessa Vaagen resisted a bond reduction for multiple reasons, citing Villalobos-Alvarado's perceived risk to the community and law enforcement officers, his flight risk and the criminal record he has already acquired at 22. 

Hill said the defendant remains a risk to the community and law enforcement and kept his bond at $500,000 cash. Villalobos-Alvarado is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center. 

Villalobos-Alvarado is set for his preliminary hearing next month on felony attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer. He is accused of attempting to run over a police officer last month during a probation search in north Bismarck, allegedly fleeing to eastern South Dakota, where he turned himself in, bleeding from a gunshot wound.

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