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Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado made his first court appearance in Burleigh County Monday morning on charges related to his alleged attempt to run down a Bismarck police officer.

At prosecutor Marina Spahr's recommendation, South Central District Judge Thomas Schneider set his bond at $500,000 cash for felony charges of attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer.

"Obviously, these are very serious charges," Spahr said during the defendant's initial appearance. 

Villalobos-Alvarado, 22, is accused of trying to run over the officer who subsequently shot him as police and probation officers were conducting a probation search Jan. 18. He later turned himself in at a gas station in Brookings, S.D., bleeding from the gunshot wound to his left forearm.

Spahr highlighted his criminal history to age 14 in California, which continued when Villalobos-Alvarado moved to North Dakota in 2015, including driving-related and other crimes.

He is on supervised probation until February 2019 for felony simple assault on an emergency worker.

Villalobos-Alvarado had no comment on his bond. He appeared via interactive television from the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, where he was booked late Friday night after extradition from the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He indicated he will seek his own attorney.

"For now, court-appointed but, later on, I'll hire one," he told Schneider.

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