Brainerd woman faces felony domestic assault


A 34-year-old woman is facing criminal charges following a domestic disturbance Dec. 17 at an apartment on Norwood Street in Brainerd.

Michelle Ashley Wise of Brainerd was charged Dec. 19 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with felony domestic assault and gross misdemeanor of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Judge Kristine DeMay set unconditional bond at $10,000 and $5,000 bond with conditions to include she cannot leave the state without written court approval, she can have no contact with the victim, she cannot possess or use a firearm or dangerous weapon and follow the domestic abuse no contact order. Wise is no longer in the Crow Wing County Jail and her next hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8.

According to the probable cause court document filed against Wise, Brainerd police were called at 8:13 a.m. Dec. 17 to a domestic disturbance at an apartment on Norwood Street in Brainerd. A police sergeant made contact with the male victim, who is known to Wise, and he could hear her inside the apartment hollering and screaming. A sergeant asked Wise to remain inside the apartment and requested the victim to stay outside and wait for a police officer to come and speak with him.

The sergeant spoke with Wise, who was obviously very emotional, at some moments crying, other moments yelling loudly in an aggressive manner, the complaint stated.

The victim told the officer Wise had become physical by aggressively approaching him, throwing items at him and that he had scratches on the top of his hands from Wise. The scratches were bleeding to the top of both of his hands.


As officers were trying to escort Wise out of the residence, she began to pull away from officers in an attempt to grab her purse and other items. Wise screamed and yelled at officers that she needed her purse and her phone. The officers each had control of Wise by her arms and as they were attempting to escort her out of the residence, she began to pull away. As soon as Wise was outside, she began to continue to scream and yell stating something to the effect of “I'm going to kill you” to the victim, the complaint stated. The officer had to physically control Wise, as she was trying to pull away and she appeared to be trying to get back into the residence. While being escorted down the sidewalk onto the street, Wise continued to attempt to pull away from the officer and she tensed up her legs to make them straight in an attempt to not go forward. The officers pushed Wise forward and her feet were gliding as if she was ice skating with tennis shoes down the roadway due to the heavy layer of packed snow and ice on the roadway, the complaint stated.

Eventually, Wise continued to walk but still pulled away from officers. One officer had to pin Wise against the squad car, as the other officer attempted to unlock the vehicle. Wise attempted to spin towards the officer and attempted to use her right leg to kick at the officer. Wise's foot just grazed the officer’s left leg.

According to court records, Wise was convicted of fourth-degree assault in 2012 and fifth-degree assault in 2010.

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