70-year-old woman charged after pointing fake gun at state trooper, attempting to jump from a Midway bridge in St. Paul

Nov. 9—A Minneapolis woman was charged Tuesday after authorities say she pointed a fake gun at a state trooper in St. Paul Saturday.

Jean Ann Hansen, 70, was charged Tuesday via warrant in Ramsey County District Court with one count each of making threats of violence, fleeing a police officer, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs.

According to the criminal complaint, a Minnesota state trooper was on patrol near Concordia and Snelling avenues about 11:20 p.m. when she spotted a white Honda Accord pulling out in front of a vehicle and making a large U-turn.

The trooper followed the Honda eastbound on Concordia Avenue as it drove down two lanes of traffic, straddling the center line and traveling very slowly. The Honda pulled into a closed traffic lane and stopped.

Hansen got out of the Honda wearing sunglasses. The trooper activated her lights. Hansen approached the squad, saying, "Hey officer, I'm trying to find my way out of here," the complaint states.

At this point, the trooper had been made aware that the owner of the Honda had an active warrant. The trooper asked Hansen to sit in the back of her squad. Hansen refused and moved back toward the Honda, attempting to climb back into the car, according to the complaint.

The trooper gave commands to stop and took hold of Hansen's arm, attempting to pull her out of the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Hansen then grabbed what appeared to be a silver handgun with her right hand and pointed it directly at the trooper, according to the complaint. The trooper withdrew to her squad and pulled her gun.

Hansen fled the scene at a high rate of speed, the complaint states.

A St. Paul police officer found the Honda shortly after at Pascal Street and St. Anthony Avenue. Hansen was hanging over the Pascal Street bridge which crosses Interstate 94, just east of the Allianz soccer stadium. She was on the outside of the fence, grasping the rails of the bridge with both hands.

SWAT and police negotiators were called and the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 were shut down. About 1:15 a.m., St. Paul Fire removed Hansen from the bridge by lowering her to the highway.

Officers recovered a replica handgun, fashioned from foil and duct tape. They also found a large knife in the car. Police reported that she appeared to be very inebriated, according to the complaint. She admitted to taking multiple Diazepam pills with tequila, the complaint states. She continued to be antagonistic and threatening to police.

In an earlier incident, Hansen was charged with second-degree assault and threats of violence for wielding a shotgun when police responded to her residence May 27 where she appeared to be in crisis. She was subsequently committed as a mentally ill person and had been on a provisional discharge from that commitment when the St. Paul incident happened, police said.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said as of Tuesday afternoon, she had not yet been booked at the jail.