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September 3, 2007

Cokato woman assults deputies

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Becky LeeAnn Myers, 35, of Cokato was arrested Aug. 23 on charges of fifth degree assault and obstructing with force, according to the Wright County Attorney’s Office.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a woman was allegedly intoxicated and disorderly at Fourth Street in Cokato. When deputies, Aric Chaney and Paul Burke, arrived Myers allegedly was lunging at her neighbor, Thomas Harpole of Cokato.

The deputies escorted Myers away from Harpole, and then she allegedly became confrontational, disorderly and belligerent, and refused to cooperate with Chaney, according to the complaint from the county attorney’s office.

As Chaney took her to the squad car, Myers allegedly pushed, hit, struggled with, and swore at him. Burke assisted Chaney, and then she allegedly kicked both of them several times. When they finally put her in the squad car, she kicked the rear passenger door.

During the investigation of the incident, neighbors who witnessed the assault on Harpole, allegedly confirmed they saw Myers hit him in the chest several times and slap his face.

If convicted, the maximum sentence will be one year in jail or $3,000 fine or both for obstructing the legal process.

The maximum sentence for fifth degree assault is 90 days in jail, $1,000 fine, or both.

Assistant County Attorney Elizabeth M. Larson will be prosecuting the case.


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