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Granite Falls woman sentenced for DWI after assaulting police officers

A Granite Falls woman was sentenced in Redwood County District Court for DWI after assaulting several police officers during a traffic stop.

According to court records, on the morning of Nov. 21, 2020, a Redwood Falls Police Officer responded to a report of a car driving on E. Bridge Street on the shoulder of the road or toward oncoming traffic, with a flat front tire. When the officer located the vehicle, it was in the incorrect lane, and the left front tire was completely off the rim.

The officer identified the driver as Olivia Jane Pankrantz, who was then 20 years old, and noted the scene of alcohol from inside the vehicle. Pankrantz stated she could not find her driver’s license, and threw her keys at the officer when he asked her to shut off the car.

While several officers tried to administer a field sobriety test, Pankrantz lunged toward one officer, and took off running toward the ditch and frontage road. While officers placed her in handcuffs, Pankrantz kicked two off the officers.

On Jan. 24, Pankrantz was sentenced for the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence in the fourth degree, to 90 days local confinement, stayed 86 days for one year with credit for four days time served, one year of supervised probation, and fees and fines of $710. Charges of assault in the fourth degree, fleeing a police officer, and disorderly conduct were dismissed.

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