Thursday, May 13, 2021

Woman accused of hitting man with a vehicle

A woman faces multiple felonies in connection with a domestic assault involving a motor vehicle in Owatonna.

Dezirae Leigha Huff, 19, of Austin has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of first-degree damage to property in connection with the incident that took place on Feb. 2.

Police responded to a domestic assault in the 100 block of 21st Street NW around 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 2. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man had been struck by a vehicle. The victim appeared “dazed and was visibly shaking,” according to the criminal complaint. The victim told police he was struck on his hips by a car, hit the ground hard and hit his head. Mayo Ambulance transported the victim to Owatonna hospital.

The victim identified the suspect as Huff, who he said had broken up with him a couple days ago. They also share a child together.

Witnesses told police that Huff kept “trying to run over a male in the road,” the complaint said. The witnesses said the woman kept going forward and reversing and then pinned the man in between her car and another vehicle, the complaint alleges. The witnesses said it was intentional with the woman backing up to purposely hit the man.

One of the vehicles hit during the incident received damage in excess of $1,000.

Police put out a KOPS alert for Huff. She was eventually found and arrested in Austin. In an interview with police, Huff allegedly told them that she struck the victim “on purpose and she wished she had killed him.”

Huff remains locked up in the Steele County Detention Center. She faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine on the most serious charge.

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