Bemidji woman arrested after allegedly dragging trooper with her car

A Bemidji woman is in custody after allegedly dragging a metro area state trooper with her car.

According to the incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol, 27-year-old Andrea Jourdain was stopped on University Avenue early Tuesday morning for no license plate.

Jourdain refused to exit the vehicle when asked, and while the trooper was attempting to remove her from the car, she accelerated, dragging the trooper approximately 10 feet before he was able to let go of the vehicle.

Jourdain reportedly led a pursuit through the city streets of St. Paul before her vehicle was boxed in and she was apprehended.

Troopers say she showed signs of drug impairment, and was booked in the Ramsey County Jail for suspicion of fleeing police, 2nd degree driving while impaired, 4th degree assault and a controlled substance possession charge.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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