Washington County Commissioner William Pulkrabek has been accused of choking a woman on his bed, then pulling her down the stairs by her hair and out of a Woodbury townhouse, according to a police report of the Memorial Day incident.
Pulkrabek, 41, a longtime commissioner and a former Oakdale mayor, was arrested late Monday afternoon in the 10000 block of Oak Grove Circle in Woodbury. He was released on bond about three hours later, according to county jail records.
The Ramsey County attorney's office is reviewing the case after Washington County Attorney Pete Orput moved it to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Pulkrabek has not been charged with a crime.
Pulkrabek didn't respond to inquiries Tuesday. But his attorney, Ryan Kaess of St. Paul, said that "we're denying all allegations in the police reports."
The Woodbury police report said Pulkrabek was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault after he allegedly grabbed a woman by her hair and threw her onto his bed. According to police who responded to the 911 call, Pulkrabek pressed his forearm across the woman's neck, making it difficult for her to breathe, prompting her to push and knee him, the report alleged.
The report said the victim didn't seek medical attention.
Pulkrabek is married to Lori Pulkrabek, an Oakdale City Council member. Police have no record of calls to their house for domestic violence, Chief Bill Sullivan said Tuesday. He also confirmed that Lori Pulkrabek wasn't the alleged victim.
Property records show that the Woodbury residence where the incident allegedly occurred is owned by Brian LeClair, a former Republican state senator and former health policy adviser to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Pulkrabek has been living with LeClair for about six months, Kaess said. He wouldn't comment further.
"Our office will treat this case just like that of any other person accused of domestic violence," said John Kelly, the first assistant Ramsey County attorney. His office reported Tuesday that "an appropriate charging decision will be made as soon as possible."
Gary Kriesel, who chairs the Washington County Board, said he doesn't foresee that the board would take action on the matter. "I have full confidence in the county attorney's office to sort this out," he said.
Pulkrabek, who works in real estate, is serving his fourth term as commissioner. He was Oakdale's mayor in the mid- to late 1990s.
Staff writer Jim Anderson contributed to this report. Paul Walsh 612-673-4482 Kevin Giles 651-735-3342