Officer injured in DWI arrest

Brenda Lynn Heinen
Brenda Lynn Heinen

A Rosemount woman who allegedly told officers “I’ll kick your ass” as they placed her under arrest for drunken driving – and then proceeded to kick one officer in the leg, injuring him – is now facing a felony assault charge in district court.

Brenda Lynn Heinen, 41, also was charged with two counts of driving while impaired following her Dec. 16 arrest.

The criminal complaint gives the following account:

At about 10 p.m. Dec. 16 Rosemount police received a report of a vehicle “all over the road” near the intersection of County Road 42 and Highway 3. A responding officer observed a minivan – driven by Heinen – drive up on the curb, weave in and out of lanes and at one point block traffic in the middle of an intersection.

When the officer pulled Heinen over, she began fiddling with the switches in her vehicle in an attempt to roll down the window, but succeeded only in continually locking and unlocking the driver’s side door.

She eventually was able to roll the window down, and the officer noted a strong odor of alcohol. The officer asked her if she was aware why she’d been pulled over.

“I’m intoxicated,” she allegedly said.

Asked to exit the vehicle, Heinen “could not maintain her balance and fell into the officer,” according to the complaint.

Placed under arrest and searched, Heinen became combative and stated “I’ll kick your ass.” As two officers tried to get her in the squad car, she kicked one officer in the leg and attempted to kick the other. Visible injury was noted to one officer’s leg.

Heinen has two prior convictions for DWI, in 2006 and 2009, police said.

If convicted of the assault charge, she faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $6,000 fine. Each of the two DWI counts is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Heinen’s next court appearance is Jan. 8. She remained in jail as of Wednesday morning.