Lakeville man charged with assault of Edina police officer

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Lakeville man was charged with assault of a peace office and driving while impaired, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Samuel David Ronneberg, 25, is charged with one count of assault in the third degree – substantial bodily harm; one count of fourth degree assault – demonstrable bodily hard upon a peace officer; and one count of third-degree driving while impaired.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 19, an Edina police officer was on patrol in the area of Highway 169 and Londonderry Road when she stopped the vehicle driven by Ronneberg for traffic and equipment violations. While speaking with Ronneberg, the officer smelled alcohol coming from the car. Ronneberg was removed and participated in field sobriety tests, which he failed.  He was arrested and placed in the back of the officer’s squad car.

While in the back of the squad car, Ronneberg told the officer that he needed to vomit and she opened the door for him. Ronneberg then refused to get back into the squad car, and had worked one of his hands out of his handcuffs.  When the officer bent down to assist him, Ronneberg grabbed the officer’s hair and hit her multiple times with his fist or the handcuff. The officer was terrified and may have lost consciousness during the assault. She sustained injuries to the back of her head and ear requiring staples and stitches, and had a black eye.

Ronneberg fled on foot, but was soon located. After being transported to the police station, he provided a BAC of .09.

Ronneberg was previously convicted of DWI in 2014.

Criminal complaint (PDF)