Area woman shows MPD, ER staff how ‘out of control’ she is

Emergency room staff needed two Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and a Marshalltown Police Department officer to restrain an Albion woman who became violent following a car crash early Wednesday morning.

The woman, Jessica Street, 21, crashed her Subaru Legacy into the retaining wall on the 200 block of East State Street around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department. Street was southbound on Third Avenue when she attempted to navigate the turn and instead hit the wall.

When the responding officer arrived on scene, she noticed that Street had pulled down the back seat of the car and was lying in the trunk, Hanken said.

According the police report, the officer believed Street was feigning unconsciousness. However, the officer still called for paramedics.

The Marshalltown Fire Department and Area Paramedic Services transported Street to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center where an ER doctor identified her.

Upon hearing her name, Hanken said, Street sprung from the hospital bed and attempted to flee. When ER staff and the MPD officer tried to stop her, she allegedly became violent, punching medical professionals.

The officer called for backup and wrapped her arms around Street, lifted her from the ground and fell onto her back to subdue Street. All the while, Street flailed about attempting to head butt and bite the officer. Street said she was crazy and told the officer that she was going to show her “how out of control she was,” according to the police report.

Two Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were in the vicinity and assisted the officer with detaining Street by providing restraints, Hanken said. The officer was treated for a sprained wrist at the hospital and remains on duty. ER staff treated Street for minor injuries she suffered when the air bag deployed during the crash.

Police charged Street with assault on a peace office, interference with official acts, both aggravated misdemeanors, assault on an emergency medical professional, operating while intoxicated, both serious misdemeanors, and driving with obstructed view, a simple misdemeanor.

Although Street refused a tox screen, Hanken said police believe she was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers estimated the damage to Street’s car at $3,000 and damage to the retaining wall at $1,000. If found guilty, Street could be responsible for the cost of repairing the wall.

Street was released on her own recognizance on a court order.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshalltown Area Paramedics Services, Engineer’s Office and Fire Department assisted the MPD with the arrest.