The Raptor’s Roar originally uploaded by Orin Zebest
According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a Prior Lake man was arrested in Burnsville after erratic behavior which led officers to believe he was under the influence of a narcotic. After being forced into his car he began threatening an officer who later noted he, “felt threatened by (the defendant’s) comments.”
The officer observed a male party crossing an intersection against the “no walk” sign. The officer also observed that the man was stumbling and having a hard time walking. The officer approached the man in his squad car and asked the man if he was alright. The officer observed that the man was slurring his words and smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage but denied drinking anything.
Officers reported that Wolfswinkel became increasingly uncooperative and his behavior became more unpredictable. The officer reported that he believed Wolfswinkel to be under the influence of a narcotic. Officers attempted to take a preliminary breath sample from Wolfswinkel but he refused and began yelling and swearing at the officers. Officers determined that based on his behavior, Wolfswinkel would be detained and taken to detox.
Two officers attempted to take Wolfswinkel into custody and he immediately started to tense his muscles, resist being taken into custody and continued to yell and scream at the officers. A third officer responded to the scene to help place Wolfswinkel in the back of the squad car. As the officer attempted to search Wolfswinkel for weapons, Wolfswinkel said, “You’re dead next time nigga”. After Wolfswinkel was secured in the back of the squad car, he began to “speak in tongues” and make noises “like a monkey”. Wolfswinkel threatened to kill the officer and his family upon his release from detox. Wolfswinkel also said, “Sorry I let you live” I should have let you call your parents first. Wolfswinkel told the officer that he was going to get all of his “niggas” together to “get him” and told the officer that it would be like being attacked by a raptor.
If you were walking home inebriated do you think an officer stopping and asking you multiple questions would possibly lead to your being asked to take a breathalyzer even though you weren’t operating a motor vehicle and there are no public intoxication laws in MN? As a police officer would you feel you were being seriously threatened, instead of simply laughing out loud at their utter ridiculousness, if someone was so clearly out of their mind that they would “smash their head against the concrete wall” after “speaking in tongues” and saying the violence would be similar to, “being attacked by a raptor”? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.