Woman faces threats of violence charges

NEW ULM — A 55-year-old woman with no known address was charged with two counts of felony threats of violence, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and third-degree DWI in Brown County District Court Monday.

According to court documents, Iris F. Ibarra made multiple death threats towards law enforcement and their family members after being stopped for speeding on U.S. Highway 14 near the intersection of County Road 10, two miles east of Sleepy Eye, Friday night.

A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on Highway 14 at 8:51 p.m., Oct. 20 when a vehicle was recorded traveling eastbound on Highway 14 at 86 mph in a 55 mph zone. The deputy caught up with the vehicle on a curve near Essig when it slowed but was still going more than 70 mph.

The deputy noticed the vehicle driving on or near the center line and stopped the suspect vehicle. The driver, identified as Ibarra, according to a Texas driver’s license, showed intoxication clues. She admitted to having a White Russian drink 90 minutes ago, failed certain field sobriety tests and was handcuffed, arrested for DWI and transported to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC).

Ibarra began threatening to kill law enforcement personnel and their families. She argued with law enforcement at the LEC and would not keep her hands still or down as told to do. Ibarra was escorted to the LEC with several officers and made more threats towards them before she was placed in a restraint chair.

She continued to yell after being told to be quiet by officers and tried to bite an officer’s arm at one point.

Ibarra was transported to the New Ulm Medical Center emergency room garage after being informed a deputy was directed by a search warrant to obtain a blood or urine sample. She refused to provide either sample. After being denied admittance for detox, she was transported back to jail, placed in jail and put on hold for court.

Her bail was set at $30,000 in court Monday. She remained in the Brown County Jail Monday afternoon.


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