FOREST CITY | A Forest City woman accused of kicking a police officer in the groin while being arrested in September at Heritage Park of North Iowa has pleaded guilty to amended charges 

Dawn Marie Baker, 37, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of public intoxication – second offense, a serious misdemeanor, in Hancock County District Court.

She was initially charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a police officer, unlawful possession of a prescription drug, public intoxication – third offense and interference with official acts.

Two off-duty police officers were working security at Heritage Park on Sept. 6 when they received a report shortly after 1 a.m. about an intoxicated woman at the campground, Forest City Police Chief Douglas Jenson said in a news release.

The woman had been yelling and causing a scene, according to the police department's criminal complaint.

As officers approached Baker, she reportedly fled on foot on Heritage Lane.

When officers detained her, she kicked one of them in the groin, according to the complaint. It also stated she had Duloxetine in her possession, which was not contained in a prescription bottle.

On Dec. 15, Baker received a 180-day jail sentence with all but 10 days suspended. The assault on a police officer and unlawful possession of a prescription drug charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to the court documents.

She was placed on probation for one year and is required to obtain a substance abuse evaluation. She was fined $315.

Baker’s sentence is to be served consecutively with an operating while intoxicated – first offense charge she pleaded guilty to on Dec. 13, court documents state. For that charge, she received a two-day jail sentence and a $1,250 fine.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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