MOORHEAD — A woman accused of scratching and gouging two Moorhead police officers pleaded guilty Thursday, March 28, to fourth-degree assault against a peace officer.
Michelle Swenson, 55, faces an additional count of fourth-degree assault against a peace officer, but that's expected to be dismissed at a later date as part of a plea agreement. A third misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct was previously dismissed.
Moorhead police responded to the Northsider bar, 309 17th St. N., on Aug. 3 for a report of a woman, later identified as Swenson, who was screaming and agitated, according to court documents.
Two officers escorted Swenson out of the bar, and she tried to break free while they tried to handcuff her, court documents show.
Both officers noted they felt pain in their arms as they handcuffed Swenson, and later observed that Swenson’s fingernails had scratched and torn at the officers’ skin and caused some bleeding, court documents show.
During the incident, Swenson directed comments at Mari Dailey, who at the time was a Moorhead City Council member running for the District 4 seat of the Clay County Commission.
Dailey was running against Kevin Campbell, who was in a relationship with Swenson at the time of the incident. Campbell won the race in November.
Swenson, a Moorhead resident, is set to be sentenced in April in Clay County District Court.