Isle woman charged with assaulting a police officer

Connie Lynn Jackson, 42, Isle, was charged in the Seventh Judicial District Court with one felony count each of fourth degree assaulting a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer; one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing legal process by interfering with a peace officer; and one misdemeanor count each of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and fourth degree intentional damage to property.

On March 5, a Minnesota State Highway trooper witnessed a vehicle traveling on Highway 10 with no headlights on, but with its marker lights on and its hazard lights flashing. The trooper eventually stopped the vehicle in Little Falls.

The driver was identified as Jackson, whose eyes appeared bloodshot and were darting all over.

Jackson allegedly said she was being chased and was running for her life.

When Jackson was given a pat down, she turned to walk away and the trooper ordered her to stop. According to the criminal complaint, she ran into the street and the trooper pulled her back to the side of the road. She began resisting, waving her arms and yelling for help. The trooper tried to handcuff Jackson for obstruction of justice, but she allegedly would not cooperate.

When Jackson allegedly attempted to run away, the trooper forced her to the ground. At that time, she was able to scramble under her vehicle and grab on to it so the trooper could not pull her out. While holding on to her, he attempted to draw his taser. It was then that Jackson allegedly tried to grab the trooper’s firearm from his holster.

A passing motorist assisted the trooper with handcuffing Jackson and she was taken to the hospital. While there, she twice attempted to run away, allegedly breaking a door in the process.

While in the hospital, Jackson tested positive for methamphetamine use.

If convicted, Jackson faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.