Felony charges against Blaine woman dismissed after plea

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

Two felony charges filed against a Blaine woman following an incident at a Spring Lake Park bar June 18, 2011 were dismissed in a plea agreement in Anoka County District Court Feb. 24.

Victoria Lynne Knopik, 22, 1544 87th Ave. N.E., Blaine, was originally charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation and two misdemeanor charges – fourth-degree driving while impaired (DWI) and fifth-degree assault.

In the plea agreement, Knopik entered guilty pleas only to the misdemeanor charges.

She was placed on probation for two years (one year for each plea), was given credit for time served in jail and was fined $200.

Probation conditions include treatment and aftercare, attend MADD panel and AA (Alcoholic Anonymous), random urinalysis testing on demand at her own expense, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and no alcohol-related offenses.

The evening of June 18, 2011 Spring Lake Park Police were sent to Povlitzki’s Bar, 8407 Plaza Blvd. N.E., on a report of a woman who had been hit by a car in the parking lot.

The woman, 24, was lying on the ground with a broken leg that required surgery in the hospital, according to the complaint.

In her statement, the victim alleged that she had gone outside the bar to smoke when she was run over by a car following an altercation with the driver, later identified as Knopik, who punched her for no reason.

A bartender at Povlitzki’s witnessed the physical altercation, alleging that Knopik attempted to leave in her vehicle and was behind the wheel when she was punched in the face with a closed fist by the victim’s boyfriend through the open window.

The bartender alleged that Knopik put her car into reverse and backed up into the victim.

Police cited the victim’s boyfriend, Jesse Ray Bennett, 25, for misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

When police located Knopik at her home, she was visibly upset, her eyes were bloodshot and watery, her upper lip was swollen and bleeding and she had blood stain on her pants, according to the complaint.

Knopik admitted to being in an altercation at the bar and leaving Povlitzki’s in her vehicle, but denied any further issues in the parking lot.

Admitting to driving her car from the bar to her apartment, she also admitted she had drunk three or four alcoholic drunks at the bar.

Knopik failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test showed .171. She consented to a blood test, the complaint alleges.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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