UnionHerald crime briefs from the April 14, 2017, edition

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

Woman sentenced for fleeing police

A 26-year-old woman who was under the influence of narcotics when she tried to escape the police was sentenced April 4 in Anoka County District Court.

Kiersten Anna Olson, of Big Lake, was sentenced on a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. She was given credit for 340 days served and not ordered to serve any more time.

According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka police officer at 3 a.m. March 2, 2016 saw a car weaving back and forth on northbound Ferry Street. He tried to pull over the vehicle, but Olson sped away.

While on eastbound Highway 10 going into Blaine, she allegedly reached a speed of 100 mph. She went south on Highway 65 and then to Interstate 694 West. She spun out of control as she was taking the Highway 100 exit ramp in Brooklyn Park, according to the complaint.

The Anoka officer reported that Olson was incoherent, fidgety and had difficulty keeping her eyes open. Her blood was drawn at the hospital to be checked for traces of narcotics. A forensic test by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that Olson had high levels of amphetamine and methamphetamine in her blood, according to the complaint.

Olson also had a DWI conviction in Wright County from September 2014.

~ Eric Hagen

Man sentenced for domestic assault

A Coon Rapids man was sentenced April 5 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of domestic assault.

Jon Michael Schmaedeka, 37, was sentenced to two years but given credit for 35 days served. There is also a required restitution payment of $415.

According to the criminal complaint, this specific case first came to the attention of the Coon Rapids Police Department on Dec. 30, 2015.

Schmaedeka was accused of punching a woman in the face several times and pointing a BB gun at her. The victim had red marks under her left eye, a chipped front tooth and damage to her lip, according to the complaint.

Because he was convicted of two prior domestic assault cases from 2007 and 2015, this most recent charge was elevated to a felony.

~ Eric Hagen

Man accused of fleeing police while intoxicated

A 33-year-old man is facing multiple charges in Anoka County District Court in an alleged case of fleeing police in a stolen vehicle while being intoxicated.

Dylan Lee Dwayne Bittner, of Princeton, made his first court appearance April 6. He was charged with felonies of vehicle theft and fleeing police in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor of second-degree driving while impaired.

A Ramsey police officer just before noon on April 4 tried to stop a vehicle he saw go into a ditch and then drive back onto Armstrong Boulevard. The driver did not immediately stop and continued onto two other streets before pulling into a driveway, according to the complaint.

The driver was later identified as Bittner.

The officer saw an empty bottle of alcohol in the back seat and could smell alcohol and saw Bittner had bloodshot eyes, according to the complaint.

Several officers needed to help get Bittner out of the vehicle. He refused to do a field sobriety test and was taken to the Anoka County Jail. He refused to answer any questions. One officer nudged him to ensure he was still responsive and Bittner said, “Stop pushing me,” according to the complaint.

Authorities found out that Bittner was driving a car registered to a distant relative who had not given him permission to use the car, according to the complaint.

Bittner has two prior DWI convictions from 2008 and 2011, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Domestic violence charge filed

A man with domestic violence convictions on his record is facing a new charge in Anoka County District Court.

Martel Scott Hayes, 26, was arraigned March 29 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of domestic assault and a gross misdemeanor of interfering with a 911 call.

According to the criminal complaint, a Ramsey woman who knows Hayes told police that he chased her through her home, slammed her head against the cupboards and threw her to the ground several times. She tried to call 911 during the assault, but he took the phone away from her.

Officers photographed bruises and marks on her chest, arms, back and tailbone, according to the complaint.

Hayes was convicted in May 2015 of violating an order for protection and in July 2015 for domestic assault. Both cases were in Anoka County. The two prior incidents are why this most recent charge was elevated to a felony.

~ Eric Hagen

Stalking charges filed

A 38-year-old man is facing two felony-level stalking charges in Anoka County District Court.

Amir Jose Lee, of Minneapolis, made his first court appearance on March 31.

According to the criminal complaint, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was called to an Andover home the evening of March 30. A woman said that on Feb. 15, Lee sent disturbing text messages to her. She told him to stop texting her.

On March 29 on March 30, letters allegedly written by Lee were found on her front doorstep. She told deputies that she was frightened that Lee had been at her home. There was a restraining order in place forbidding him from contacting her, but she said they had communicated periodically since 2008.

Lee was convicted in January 2009 of first-degree burglary in Anoka County and in February 2015 in Scott County for interfering with a 911 call. In a post-Miranda statement, he told authorities on March 30 that he left letters on her doorstep both the night before and in the morning.

~ Eric Hagen

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