BISMARCK, N.D. — A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in North Dakota and then fleeing to South Dakota is now being charged with federal crimes.

The Bismarck Tribune reports state charges including attempted murder have been dropped against 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado. A state charge of hindering law enforcement also is dropped against 32-year-old co-defendant Juan Nunez.

The two are now accused in federal court with charges linking them to drug trafficking with a California street gang. Trial is scheduled for early May.

Villalobos-Alvarado was accused of trying to run over a Bismarck officer who subsequently shot him in the arm during a probation search Jan. 18. He later turned himself in at a gas station in Brookings, South Dakota. Nunez was accused of helping him avoid apprehension.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,