Washington County Commissioner pleads not guilty to assault charges

Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek has pleaded not guilty to a domestic assault charge, reports the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review.

Pulkrabek had been arrested for a Memorial Day assault on his girlfriend in Woodbury. His case has been transferred to Chisago County, because of his position in Washington County.

He entered the not guilty plea Thursday in front of Chisago County District Court Judge John McBride.

“My client plead not guilty, and we intend to aggressively defend him,” said Pulkrabek’s attorney Ryan Kaess.

The story describes the allegations:

They reportedly argued about his alcohol use after his girlfriend stopped at the townhome to pick up her cat. Then, after she took a bottle of her skin cream from the bathroom, Pulkrabek allegedly grabbed her by her hair and threw her onto the bed. He thought she was stealing the skin cream, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint alleges that Pulkrabek then pinned the woman down on the bed and pressed his right forearm across her neck, hindering her ability to breathe.

She reportedly kneed Pulkrabek to get him off her. But, she said, Pulkrabek then grabbed her hair again and dragged her down the stairs and out the front door.

The woman obtained an Order for Protection in Washington County against Pulkrabek two days after the alleged assault.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Sue Halligan on 08/06/2011 - 02:30 pm.

    Anybody want to bet that if this defendant had been a poor black or Latino male rather than a white man with ties to GOP pols (Michele Bachmann, Brian LeClair), he would have been charged with a felony, convicted, and already be in jail? Was disgusted to discover that this abuser represents MY Woodbury precinct.

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