Minot woman accused of kicking at officers during DUI stop

MINOT, N.D. – Prosecutors have charged a Minot woman after investigators say she kicked a police officer in the chest during a DUI stop and later threw a cell phone at corrections officers.

According to the criminal affidavit, police responded to a report of a person driving erratically on 15th Street SW near the Dakota Square Mall around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening.

An officer located a white Jeep headed east on to 22nd Avenue SW that was swerving abruptly and making unusual stops.

Police say they stopped the driver, 39-year-old Jennifer Will, and could smell alcohol from inside the vehicle. They say Will became somewhat uncooperative, and at one point handed the officer a cup of what she claimed to be Coke and told the officer to take a drink.

Police say Will failed to follow instructions while they tried to conduct field sobriety tests, and at one point tried to walk back to her vehicle for a cigarette, at which point officers detained her for safety reasons.

When officers formally arrested her for DUI, they say she began kicking violently and struck an officer in the chest.

When police took Will to the Ward County Jail, they say she began kicking at corrections officers, and after being allowed to make a call with her cell phone, they say she threw the phone at the officers before making a second call.

Investigators say Will refused to submit to a chemical breath test as well.

Will faces charges of C-felony simple assault on a peace or correctional officer, as well as B-misdemeanor DUI first offense.