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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Chatfield woman has been ordered to serve a one-year jail sentence in 30-day increments over the next several years as part of her punishment for convictions stemming from two alcohol-related driving offenses, including one that involved an assault on a member of an ambulance crew.

Court records indicate 52-year-old Tonia Kruger was given credit for 116 days she has already spent in jail. She was also given a stayed prison sentence of 42 months and seven years on probation for her convictions on felony assault, along with felony and gross misdemeanor DWI charges. She was found guilty of third and fourth-degree assault and the gross misdemeanor DWI charge following a trial in February and later entered a guilty plea to the felony DWI count.

photo courtesy Kraus-Anderson
photo courtesy Kraus-Anderson

That charge stemmed from an alcohol-involved motorcycle crash that occurred last November near Dover. The assault charges and gross misdemeanor DWI convictions were connected to a drunk driving crash that occurred near Chatfield in February of last year. The criminal complaint alleged Kruger became belligerent and spit on a member of the Chatfield Ambulance crew that responded to the scene. The first responder later told an Olmsted County deputy that Kruger had kicked her in the chest, which caused her to suffer a moderate concussion when she fell backward into the ambulance and struck her head.

The deputy also told investigators that he heard Kruger say she was "going to get a lawyer" and "kill you all." The charges in the case indicated her blood-alcohol-concentration was later tested at nearly .18. Her criminal history also shows Kruger had two previous DWI convictions over the past year.

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