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Woman charged with Reckless Endangerment

Posted 5/03/16 (Tue)

By Amy Robinson
Farmer Staff Writer

A 28-year-old Alexander woman was arrested and charged with a handful of offenses following an incident with her ex-boyfriend early Thursday morning, April 21.
According to court documents, McKenzie County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched after a report of a domestic incident at the Hard Ride Bar in Alexander at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21.
When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with Brian Hook, who stated that he had been in a fight with his now ex-girlfriend, Keely Johnson. Hook stated that he had gotten into an argument earlier that night, and he had decided to leave.
After trying to get a hotel room, Hook walked to the Hard Ride Bar, when one of the bar patrons came inside to let him know that Johnson was outside and wanted Hook to come outside.
Hook went outside to talk to Johnson. He stated to law enforcement officers that Johnson was in her vehicle with her two-year-old daughter sitting in the front passenger seat, not buckled in.
Hook stated that Johnson got out of the car and started arguing with him. After refusing to get in the car with her, he said that Johnson started hitting him in the head and face.
Hook stated to law enforcement officers that he was standing in the open passenger door of the vehicle when Johnson got back in the vehicle and took off in reverse, causing Hook to have to jump out of the way of the vehicle to keep from being run over, hitting him with the car door.
Two bar patrons spoke with law enforcement officers stating they had both observed Johnson hitting Hook with the car door, and observed Johnson’s daughter fall to the floor of the vehicle, because of the way she was driving.
Law enforcement officers went to Johnson’s residence to locate her. When they arrived, they saw her car parked and proceeded to knock on her front door. There was no answer, but law enforcement officers could hear  movement in the residence as well as the two-year-old crying.
While McKenzie County Sheriff’s Deputy Jedidiah Headley was at the back door, he heard the front door open. As he ran to the front door, he observed Johnson yelling at Deputy Brandon Johnson. Headley heard Johnson yelling, “you have no right to beat on my door!”
Headley walked up the front steps and informed Johnson that they needed to talk, but she started yelling. Headley then informed Johnson that she was under arrest, and she stated no. After resisting arrest several times, law enforcement officers finally placed Johnson under arrest.
When asked what happened at the bar, Johnson stated nothing. When asked if she had been drinking, she stated she had.
Court documents state that Johnson was very upset and had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her. While Headley was inside Johnson’s residence, he observed there was a coffee table upside down, a broken water glass that had been thrown against the wall, and broken glass was all over the floor in the living room and in the child’s bedroom.
Johnson has been charged with two counts of Reckless Endangerment - both Class C felonies, Preventing Arrest or Discharge of Other Duties - a Class C Felony, and Simple Assault - a Class B Misdemeanor. Her bond was set at $1,500 cash or corporate surety, and a Preliminary Hearing and/or Arraignment was scheduled for June 9, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., with Judge El-Dweek presiding.