Minn. woman charged for allegedly kicking, spitting on paramedic

Officials say the paramedic suffered a concussion during the assault following a vehicle crash


By Laura French

OLMSTED COUNTY, Minn. — A woman in Minnesota has been charged with two counts of assault after allegedly kicking and spitting on a paramedic after a vehicle crash. 

Olmsted County Sheriff's Sgt. James Schueller said Tonia Kruger, 51, kicked a 19-year-old Chatfield Ambulance Service paramedic while being transported after the crash on Feb. 9, according to the Post Bulletin. The kick caused the medic to fall backward and hit her head on the interior of the rig, and she was later diagnosed with having a moderate concussion, Schueller said. 

A woman is accused of kicking and spitting on a Chatfield Ambulance Service paramedic while being transported after a vehicle crash last week.
A woman is accused of kicking and spitting on a Chatfield Ambulance Service paramedic while being transported after a vehicle crash last week. (Photo/Chatfield Ambulance Service)

Kruger is also accused of spitting in the paramedic's face during the incident. Schueller announced this week that Kruger is facing charges of third-degree and fourth-degree assault on emergency medical personnel. Kruger is also suspected of driving under the influence, and more charges may be filed pending the results of a blood test. 

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