BYRON — A Byron woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after an argument over a towing bill escalated into her reportedly punching an Olmsted County sheriff’s deputy.
Patrice Breutzman, 59, of rural Byron, was arrested at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday following an incident at Byron Auto Care. She may be facing a gross misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault on a peace officer as well as a charge of disorderly conduct, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns said.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Byron Auto Care, 513 Frontage Road NE, for a report of a woman upset about the cost of her towing bill, Behrns said. Breutzman’s car had been towed earlier that day from the scene of a crash, Behrns said.
A female deputy arrived at the store, and Breutzman allegedly continued to escalate her behavior and got in the face of the deputy. The deputy put her palm up in an attempt to defuse the situation and Breutzman pushed back and swung at the deputy, hitting her in the face, Behrns said.
The entire incident lasted about 15 seconds, according to Behrns. Breutzman was arrested. The deputy did not suffer a visible injury, Behrns said.