With an open wine bottle at her side, a woman under the influence of pills and jealousy repeatedly rammed a car driven by her husband's lover during a confrontation on a major Dakota County thoroughfare, then got out and hit her rival in the head with "full-out swings" of an aluminum baseball bat, according to charges.
Beatriz Angela Fernandez, 37, of Lakeville, was charged Monday in District Court with two counts of second-degree assault. Fernandez remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The injured woman suffered a skull fracture on the side of her head and scrapes to her knees, feet and hip, according to the charging document, which did not name the victim of the Nov. 13 confrontation that occurred in Apple Valley and continued into Burnsville.
According to the criminal complaint:
A woman told police she was driving on County Road 42 with her boyfriend in the vehicle, when Fernandez ran into her several times.
The woman briefly pulled over, and the man got out of the car. Fernandez kept hitting the woman's vehicle as it moved along and eventually forced it to come to a stop.
Both drivers got out of their vehicles, and Fernandez started striking the woman in the head "two to three times with a bat with full-out swings" while the victim was on the ground, the complaint read.
The man told police that he is Fernandez's husband and that he left his wife about six weeks ago to live with a friend in Farmington. The man added that Fernandez found out about his relationship with the other woman and vowed to "f — them up."
Police caught up with Fernandez in her vehicle at the intersection of County Road 42 and 10th Avenue in Burnsville. An officer saw an open wine bottle on the passenger floor and numerous pill bottles in the vehicle. Fernandez told police she had taken numerous sleeping and pain pills.