By Sarah Nigbor
A River Falls woman received a jail sentence and probation after injuring a woman in a hit-and-run crash and fleeing the scene in Feb ruary 2021.
Brianna Jade Lindquist, 22, was convicted of cause injury/OWI April 26, sentenced to 30 days in jail (with 28 days considered time served), fined $1,807 and ordered to install an ignition interlock device after a one-year driver’s license revocation. She also pleaded guilty to and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on a felony hit and run – involve injury charge. A felony bail jumping charge was dismissed.
According to the complaint: River Falls police responded at 1:54 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 to the area of Walnut and Main streets where a woman had been hit by a car, which fled the scene. The victim didn’t have any visible injuries at the time, but she was crying and said her tail bone hurt. Witnesses provided police with the suspect’s name (Lindquist) and license plate number, plus an account of what happened.
Lindquist and the victim had known each other for some time and didn’t get along. The victim and her friends were drinking at Broz when Lindquist and two others approached her, presumably to reconcile. It didn’t go well and the two women threw drinks in each other’s faces. Lindquist and her group left Broz, but confronted the victim and her friends outside at bar close.
Witnesses said that Lindquist was leaving in her car when she saw the victim, pulled back into a parking spot and started yelling. She got out of her car and one witness tried to keep her away from the victim, but she punched him in the face three times. She got around him and punched the victim in the face twice with a closed fist. A person with Lindquist then threw the victim to the ground. Someone helped her up; by that time, Lindquist had gotten back into her vehicle and hit the victim with her car when she backed out of the stall. Witnesses believed it was intentional.
Police located Lindquist and brought her to the police station, where they conduct- ed field sobriety tests. She refused to take a Breathalyzer, but smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. Police cited her and transported her to Pierce County Jail for felony bail jumping. Her bond conditions prohibited alcohol use.