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Teen who punched officer gets jail time

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Ashley N. Brem, 18, Marshfield, pleaded guilty Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of battery to law officer, resisting/obstructing an officer and retail theft.

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Brem will serve 60 days in jail for the resisting/obstructing charge, along with two years probation for that charge and theft. The battery to law officer charge, the only felony of the three, was deferred from prosecution.

"There's no excuse for her behavior," Judge Robert Wing said. "Nothing makes sense."

The charges stem from an Oct. 29 incident in River Falls when the Holiday store on S. Main Street called in a theft of a bag of chips and M&Ms Brem and Paul L. Glinski, 28, Neillsville, allegedly committed (Glinski has a Feb. 13 jury trial date on theft and resisting/obstructing an officer charges). When River Falls police pulled their vehicle over, a four-door Chevy Cavalier Brem was driving, things got out of hand.

An officer went to the front passenger's side, where Glinski was sitting, ordering him to come out as a taser was pointed at him. He refused.

Sgt. Janis Bock came around to the driver's side and started to try and pull Brem from the driver's side of the car. Brem, with Glinski's help, resisted, kicking and hitting at Bock, allegedly closing the door on Bock's head and punching her in the mouth.

Bock, who was in attendance Friday, told the court her injuries were extensive, including a hit to the side of the mouth, five stitches, a permanent scar and a cracked tooth which needs to be capped.

During the arrest, Glinski was tasered twice, but it didn't seem to have much of an effect. Brem was peppered sprayed, but that didn't seem to affect her either.

As they were being booked, Brem said, "That officer I hit, I heard I got her good," and also allegedly said she wishes she could have sprayed Bock like Bock did to her.

In presenting the plea agreement, which called for two years probation on the felony battery charge, District Attorney John O' Boyle highlighted a couple of key factors.

"This is an unusual case in which no alcohol or drugs were involved," he said. "I'm amazed she has no criminal record. She went over the line by quite a bit."

He also recommended key conditions of probation, which included her getting her GED and paying restitution.

The only question left was to see if any jail time would be served. O'Boyle requested 60 days, "to hammer the point home," as he put it, while Brem's attorney, Liesl Nelson, disagreed.

"She's quite familiar with the inside of a jail cell," Nelson said, as Brem spent time behind bars before being released on bond. "She understands the impact of what the officer suffered and takes responsibilities for her actions." Brem echoed similar thoughts when she spoke.

From what was previously said, Wing had a different take.

"For someone at 18 years of age, why would she do this?" he said. "...She accepts responsibilities for her actions, so what does that mean?" He also believes the level of respect today's youth has for authority figures is less than what it was 20 years ago.

"If the officer hadn't been able to use her forces, how much more could (Brem) have done?" he added.

Wing agreed with the probation conditions, which also included no contact with Glinski and Caleb Oliver, the third person in the vehicle that night (he wasn't charged with anything). He also thought the requested jail time was appropriate.

Brem was allowed to serve her sentence in either Clark or Wood counties, but is scheduled to be there by this Friday.

"This is a huge break," Wing said. "If you accept responsibility, you'll do the things you're supposed to do. If you don't, you'll be back."

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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