A 32-year-old Rice Lake woman is facing up to a dozen years behind bars for allegedly attacking her mother while she drove on a city street in Rice Lake on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A complaint filed Tuesday, Aug. 14, identifies the defendant as Courtney K. Feehan, 1735 Macauley Ave., St., Rice Lake.
The complaint said a woman called police from the intersection of Hwy. O and Wisconsin Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 10 to allege she had been assaulted by her daughter while they were in a car together.
An eyewitness said she was behind the victim’s vehicle and saw it stop at the intersection. The driver began blowing the horn.
The witness said it looked like a struggle was taking place. The witness left her vehicle and walked to the driver door, where she saw the driver trying to open the door and get out. She saw the defendant leaning over the woman and holding the door shut.
The witness pulled the door open and the driver got out. She said her daughter was trying to kill her. There was a knife on the road next to the vehicle.
The witness saw the passenger slide across to the driver’s seat and speed away from the scene.
Police saw signs of violence on the alleged victim’s body. They returned her to her home where they saw additional signs of a struggle and bloodstains on couch cushions.
The victim told police she and her daughter were drinking and watching TV when the defendant “flipped out” and tried to smother her mother with couch pillows, then struck her in the face. The victim alleged the daughter choked her and threatened to kill her, then dragged her out of the house and into the car. Police saw a red mark across the woman’s throat.
The woman said she kept the knife near her bed for protection “when she started acting crazy,” but that the assailant took the knife from her during the struggle.
The defendant was later arrested and her mother’s car was recovered in Polk County. She is free on $5,000 signature bond pending a Sept. 10, 2018, preliminary hearing