Updated: 11/19/2013 7:32 AM
Created: 11/18/2013 9:02 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
A 37-year-old woman is charged with assault, and accused of running her husband’s new girlfriend off the road and beating her with an aluminum bat.
According to the criminal complaint, Beatriz Fernandez, of Lakeville, has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault in the Nov. 12 incident.
Investigators spoke with the victim who said she was driving down County Road 42 when another vehicle hit her. The victim said her passenger, Fernandez’s husband, was able to run out of the vehicle and she was forced off the road by Fernandez.
The victim told police Fernandez attacked her with a bat when she got out of the car. The complaint states, Fernandez hit her in the head with the bat. Witnesses said they saw Fernandez hit the victim two to three times with “full out swings.”
An aluminum bat was found on the ground near the victim’s vehicle.
The victim was hospitalized for a bone fracture and abrasions on her knees, feet and hip, according to the complaint.
The husband said he is married to Fernandez but moved out of the house and moved in with a friend about a month and a half ago. According to the complaint, he said Fernandez said when she found out who he was messing around with, she would “f— them up.”
He told officers his girlfriend picked him up on Nov. 12 from the place he was staying in Farmington and when he got into the car, he noticed Fernandez driving towards them. He said she followed them and ended up hitting their vehicle several times, before causing it to spin out.
Fernandez was found in her vehicle at the intersection of County Road 42 and 10th Avenue. Officers found an open bottle of wine, multiple pill bottles and a notebook with several suicidal messages inside the vehicle.
Fernandez became lethargic, according to the complaint. Officers say she told them she took about 20 sleeping and 20 pain pills.
She was transported to Fairview Ridges Hospital.
Fernandez faces up to 17 years in prison and/or, up to $34,000 in fines if convicted of both counts of assault.