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Empire traffic stop ends with a tazing

A routine traffic stop took an unexpected turn earlier this month when a Dakota County sheriff's deputy was forced to taze the driver.

The officer made the stop around 11:30 p.m. June 12 in Empire Township after noticing a car with its license plate light out. According to a criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County attorney's office, the driver smelled of alcohol. The car had an ignition interlock system that would prevent the car from starting if the driver had been drinking.

The officer asked the driver, 35-year-old Jennifer Lynn Brody, to turn off her car and restart it using the interlock. Brody was not able to do so; she then failed a series of field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

Brody was in the back of the squad car when she was able to free one of her hands from her handcuffs. The officer got her out of the car to put the handcuffs back on, but Brody resisted and continually tried to get away from the officer, when she did; the officer was forced to taze Brody in order to subdue her.

Brody is being charged with first-degree DWI, obstructing the legal process and fleeing a police officer. If convicted on the DWI charge, Brody could face up to seven years in prison and up to a $14,000 fine. Brody could face up to one year and $3,000 fine if convicted of obstructing the legal process, and up to 90 days and a $1,000 fine on the fleeing an officer charge.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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