POLK COUNTY -- Felony charges have been filed against a Balsam Lake, WI woman for Battery or Threat to a Law Enforcement Officer following an incident on September 2, 2017, in which she reportedly physically attacked an officer.
Public record shows that 2 counts of Class H Felony Battery or Threat to a Law Enforcement Officer, 1 count of Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing, 1 count of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, and 1 Count of Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct have been filed against Brie Simon of Balsam Lake, WI.
According to a probable cause report received from the Polk County Sheriff's Department, on September 2, 2017, Balsam Lake Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the Balsam Lake Minit Mart store regarding a complaint of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. The store clerk stated to the officer that an intoxicated woman, later identified as Brie Simon, had come into the store and became upset when the store declined to sell her more alcohol. The clerk stated further to law enforcement that the woman began yelling and instead of paying for the egg rolls she had selected, she threw them around and then left the store.
Officers located Simon at a nearby establishment and after confirming with the bartender there that she had just arrived, they went to Simon and asked what had happened. Simon reportedly told the officers that she had pushed an egg roll off the counter after the store employees refused to sell her beer. The officers asked Simon to go back to the Minit Mart with them to speak with the clerk and figure out what had happened.
When law enforcement arrived back at the Minit Mart, they confirmed with an employee and another witness that Simon was the woman who had caused the disturbance.
The probable cause report continues, stating that Simon became uncooperative and very loud while officers were attempting to speak to the Minit Mart employee, which was causing people to stand around and watch the situation. When an officer advised Simon that she was being placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct, she began to resist.
As an officer attempted to place handcuffs on Simon, she allegedly pulled away, causing the officer and herself to fall through a doorway and onto the floor. The officer reported that due to the fall, his right elbow was injured, causing his hand to go numb. As the officer attempted to get up from the floor, Simon kicked him in the chest with the bottom of her foot and heel. A deputy stepped over to assist and attempt to calm Simon down, however, she continued to resist, and then used her knee to deliver multiple strikes to the officer's right thigh.
The two law enforcement officers together assisted Simon to a squad car during which time she continued to resist, raising herself up off the ground and attempting to kick the squad car.
Simon appeared at a bail bond hearing in Polk County Circuit Court on September 5, 2017, and was placed on a $250.00 cash bond with a condition that she is not to possess or consume alcohol or have any contact with the Balsam Lake Minit Mart.
The maximum penalty for Class H Felony Battery or Threat to a Law Enforcement Officer is confinement in state prison for 6 years, or a maximum fine of $10,000, or both.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.