updated 12/11/2009 5:37:35 PM ET 2009-12-11T22:37:35

A white man accused of dragging a black woman out of a Colorado bar by her hair has been charged with a bias-motivated crime.

The Summit County district attorney filed assault and bias-motivated crime charges Wednesday against 37-year-old Dustin Meadows. Prosecutors say Meadows used a racial epithet against the woman, as well as other obscenities, during an argument at a bar in Summit Cove.

The argument began after Meadows spilled his beer on the woman while he was dancing, according to the Summit County sheriff's office. According to the report, the woman turned to him and said "What, no apology?"

The sheriff's office said the woman was missing hair on the right side of her hair.

Meadows is free on $2,500 bail.

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