Police Blotter: Otsego Man Arrested For Recklessly Shooting Gun
Arrests in the past week reported by the Wright County Sheriff's Office also include assault, DWI, and fleeing police in Albertville.
An Otsego man was arrested last week after he recklessly shot a gun at home and assaulted his fiance when she tried to wrestle the gun away.
Andrew Vincent Merhar, 29, allegedly told the woman that he "would not go down easily and would initiate a suicide by cop situation," according to a criminal complaint filed by the Wright County Attorney's Office. He was arrested Jan. 29.
When Wright County deputies arrived, the victim was hiding in an upstairs bedroom with her two children, ages three and seven.
She told police she heard a gunshot and went downstairs to get the gun away from Merhar. Merhar allegedly punched and choked her, but she was able to get the gun away. He then followed her upstairs and pointed a long-gun at her before she called 911.
The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital by ambulance. Police found several handguns, rifles and bullets in the home.
Merhar was charged with second-degree assault, reckless discharge of a firearm, and domestic assault.
Other St. Michael area arrests that were reported by Wright County Sheriff's Office in the past week are listed below. An arrest means the person has been taken into custody and, in most cases, charged with the crime listed.
Robert William Lehse, 46, of Otsego was arrested in Otsego on a Wright County warrant for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Corey Richard Thompson, 31, of Albertville was charged with gross misdemeanor B-card traffic violation.
Timothy Duane Youngquist, 50, of Albertville was arrested in Albertville on the charges of flee police in a motor vehicle, second-degree DWI, obstruction of the legal process and flee police on foot.
Michael Alexander Kriegler, 28, of Otsego was arrested in Buffalo on
Lance Cody Stanley, 34, of Zimmerman was arrested in Otsego for fifth-degree controlled substance violation.
Dale Francis Schmidt, 43, of St Michael was arrested in St Michael for third-degree DWI.
In the past week, there were five property damage accidents, three personal injury accidents, one hit-and-run accident and three car-deer accidents in Wright County.
There were 11 arrests for DWI, no underage consumption arrests, one school bus stop arm Violation and 35 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.