Bridge run, road rage lead to charges

Two people found trouble on local roads in separate incidents Monday and late last Friday.

A North St. Paul man faces a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process with force and a disorderly conduct after an alleged drunken run early Monday morning on the Lift Bridge that ended with the suspect trying to climb in the driver’s side of a Stillwater Police squad car.

Meanwhile, Stillwater police cited a 50-year-old woman in connection a apparent road rage incident last Friday night that started on Minnesota 36 and ended in the parking lot of a store on Minnesota 5.

In Monday’s incident, SPD officers picked up Jonathon James Wilke after receiving reports of a person running in a Lift Bridge traffic lane. Reports said Wilke was allegedly intoxicated and told officers he had been left by his female cousin at the Cajun Club in Wisconsin.

Officers took Wilke to his cousin’s Stillwater home. There, officers learned that Wilke’s cousin and her boyfriend had been looking for Wilke.

Reports said Wilke got out of the squad car and began yelling at his cousin. Officers warned Wilke to be quiet or he would be charged with disorderly conduct.

Reports added that while officers asked Wilke’s cousin if she wanted him at her home, the woman said, “Oh my God, what’s he doing.”

Officers then saw Wilke trying to climb into the driver’s door of the squad car. An officer wrestled with Wilke and pinned him after falling on the ice. Wilke then allegedly kicked at the officer who was trying to handcuff Wilke.

After officers subdued Wilke, he was taken to the Washington County Jail.

The apparent road rage incident started around 10 p.m. last Friday and involved the 50-year-old suspect and a 25-year-old woman.

A police report said the incident apparently began on eastbound MN 36 and ended in a liquor store parking lot on MN 5. The younger woman told officers the other driver was following her closely on the road, passed her and stopped in the middle of an intersection after exiting from MN 36 to MN 5.

The younger woman said the other driver got out of her car, walked up to the victim’s vehicle and began yelling and cursing at the victim, saying she had almost killed her. The other driver then reached into the victim’s car and allegedly slapped the victim in the face.

Reports said the victim told the older woman that she was going to pull into a parking lot if she wanted to follow. Reports state that the suspect said she would call police and the victim said she would wait in the parking lot and tell officers what happened. The victim claimed she didn’t touch the other woman, according to a report.

The suspect then left the scene and was tracked down by police. The older woman told officers the younger woman was “driving like a maniac.” followed her vehicle too closely and made it hard for her to see with the snow flying behind the car.

The older woman claimed that the 25-year-old had sprayed windshield washer fluid in her face during their confrontation, a report said. However, the woman admitted to officers she slapped the 25-year-old and blamed being off her medication for her actions. Reports state that the medication the older woman is on is for strokes.

The 25-year-old denied the other driver’s allegations and told officer the 50-year-old scared here during this encounter.

A citation for misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct has been mailed to the older woman.