Charges: Woman Struck Trooper's Squad Car, Reached for Trooper's Gun

The Minnesota State Patrol said it's a $415 fine, if you are caught using the controlled access road. Photo: KSTP/Matt Belanger
The Minnesota State Patrol said it's a $415 fine, if you are caught using the controlled access road.

March 08, 2018 06:26 PM

A Maplewood woman faces multiple charges after authorities say she struck a state trooper's patrol car and later attempted to reach for his gun.

A criminal complaint states 47-year-old Andrea Elizabeth Perez faces one count of first-degree assault (use of deadly force against a peace officer), one count of second-degree assault and one count of attempting to disarm a peace officer.

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All three charges are felonies.

According to the complaint, Trooper Zacahry Hill was parked on the right shoulder of Interstate 35E at Arlington Avenue in St. Paul. Hill reported "feeling a powerful impact at the rear of his squad."

When Hill exited his vehicle, he found a Hyundai Sonata had collided with his vehicle. The driver of the Hyundai was later identified as Perez.

The complaint said when Hill asked if Perez was OK, she said no and instructed the trooper to shoot her.

Hill stood her up and said there was no reason for anyone to shoot her. The complaint said Perez repeated he had to shoot her because she struck his squad car intentionally.

Perez then told the Hill if he didn't shoot her, she would shoot him, the complaint said. Perez then attempted to reach for Hill's pistol, according to the complaint.

Two witnesses then helped Hill gain control of Perez.

Perez was transported to United Hospital. She remains hospitalized, according to the complaint. Hill was also taken to United Hospital for injuries, but was released a few hours later.  

 

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