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Man claims his female roommate attacked him because he might have soiled the couch

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A 20-year-old local man said he was driven from his apartment by the woman he shares living space with. He said she came home at 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, and went into a fury because he was sleeping on her couch. The man said he was scratched on the neck by her fingernails. He was later found, without jacket or shoes, at the corner of Main and Maple streets. River Falls police say the man was so distraught that he was almost hyperventilating.

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Officers managed to sit the man on a bench and calm him. There was a warrant for his arrest from an unpaid underage drinking citation. He was also given another citation for drinking.

The man told police that his roommate might have thought he soiled the couch. He admitted doing that a few months earlier after being out drinking.

The woman, who was eventually questioned that night, said that was a concern. She said her roommate has a tendency to urinate on her good furniture after overindulging in alcohol.

While she claimed to be acting in self-defense during the fight, the woman was arrested for domestic abuse and taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

Police also:

--Arrested, with the help of a St. Croix County deputy, a 57-year-old Northwood, Iowa, truck driver who allegedly made an illegal left-hand turn from Whitetail Boulevard onto northbound Hwy. 35 at 11:25 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. An officer in the corporate park saw this, pursued the truck driver but, despite blaring an air horn and flashing a siren, couldn't get the driver to pull over. The truck driver was also allegedly weaving as he headed toward Hudson. The deputy finally stopped him on I-94. The driver said he didn't see the cop or the squad car, that he wasn't paying attention and certainly wasn't trying to flee. He was given two citations, one for inattentive driving, totaling $190. As he walked away with the citations, the officer said the truck driver punched the back end of his trailer.

--Arrested two 19-year-old women from the Twin Cities for underage drinking at 10:45 p.m. Friday. Both had gotten out of a car on the shoulder just south of Main Street and Cemetery Road. One woman was vomiting. Both ran as a squad car pulled up. A female driver in the parked car said the women had been drinking and that she was giving them a ride from Hastings, Minn. Officers searched for the two women in the West Cemetery Road area. The two kept moving, hiding between houses, behind an air conditioner and in yards before finally getting caught. Both said they ran because they were scared. One woman was continually vomiting, even while being booked at the police station.

For more, please see Police Beat in the Nov. 21 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
(715) 426-1050
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