Ellsworth man sentenced to prison in domestic abuse case

Posted 6/14/22

By Sarah Nigbor Editor’s note: This article may contain disturbing content not suitable for children and/or those who are survivors of sexual or domestic violence. ELLSWORTH – An Ellsworth man …

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Ellsworth man sentenced to prison in domestic abuse case

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By Sarah Nigbor

Editor’s note: This article may contain disturbing content not suitable for children and/or those who are survivors of sexual or domestic violence.

ELLSWORTH – An Ellsworth man has been sentenced to three years in prison and three years extended supervision after being convicted of multiple charges related to a 2019 domestic incident in the town of Ellsworth.

Luke Blaine Anderson, 42, was convicted of felony take and drive vehicle without consent, felony second- degree recklessly endangering safety, felony criminal damage to property (over $2,500), battery (domestic abuse), and disorderly conduct (domestic abuse) March 25. At a June 7 sentencing hearing, the court sentenced him to three years in prison followed by three years of extended supervision. He was also .ned $1,086, ordered to pay $15,299.45 (plus a 10% surcharge fee) in restitution, and ordered to complete a domestic violence evaluation and moral reconation therapy.

Charges read-in but dismissed include resisting or obstructing an ocer and two felony battery or threat to judge, prosecutor or law enforcement ocer charges. Felony strangulation and suffocation (domestic abuse), felony false imprisonment (domestic abuse), felony intimidate victim/use or attempt force (domestic abuse), felony battery or threat to judge, prosecutor or law enforcement ocer and two resisting or obstructing an ocer charges were dis missed.

According to the complaint: At 7:31 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019, Pierce County deputies responded to a town of Ellsworth address for a violent domestic in progress. Dispatch could hear screaming in the background. Before police could arrive, the suspect, identi.ed as An – derson, .ed in a Saturn Vue while making threats to kill himself.

One deputy stationed himself near the 410th Ave- nue and 677

th Street intersection, where he saw the Saturn traveling south on 677

th (a gravel road) at a high rate of speed. The ocer parked his squad halfway into the intersection and once the Saturn was about 100 yards away, activated its emergency lights. He had put it in park and was preparing to get out of the squad when he realized Anderson wasn’t going to stop, and in fact, appeared to be accelerating. The deputy ran from the squad, reaching the rear driver’s side when he heard a crash. The Saturn had struck the squad, sending it across 410th Avenue into the south ditch, where it rolled onto its roof and .ames came from its broken exhaust. The Saturn continued into a .eld, where it stopped. The deputy stationed himself behind a utility box until back-up arrived. Anderson soon got out of the vehicle but refused to put his hands in the air and attempted to get back in the vehicle. Police soon took him into custody, but he kept kicking ocers, saying he was “going to get his money’s worth.”

He later told police he had drank about 20 cans of beer, Jagermeister and Bacardi, and smoked marijuana throughout the day. He continued to kick and resist ocers until E.S arrived and transported him to River Falls Area Hospital, where a CT scan revealed he had several lower back fractures and a small puncture wound in one of his lungs. He was then transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

At the home Anderson had .ed, police found the victim lying on the ground with neighbors around her trying to help her. She was bruised and bloody. One neighbor told police he’d been watch- ing TV when someone rang the doorbell multiple times. He answered the door and saw the victim crawling back to her residence, so he called 911.

A family friend who had been living with Anderson and the victim before they broke up told police he’d gone with them to a bar in Maiden Rock, where they ate and had a few drinks. At about 3 p.m., they returned home, turned on some music and drank some more while he cooked dinner. Anderson and the victim began talking about their past relationship, resulting in the victim asking Anderson to leave. The friend got Anderson to leave, but he returned a short time later, threatening to kill himself by driving into a tree. He took the victim’s keys and phone; the family friend went outside to call 911 and when he returned, he saw Anderson trying to strangle the victim, who was on the .oor. The victim said Anderson punched her with a closed .st in the face multiple times and pushed her to the ground. He kept punching her in the face and head and pulled her hair. She may have lost consciousness, because she awoke when Anderson grabbed her and dragged her outside. He attempted to put her in the Saturn, but she was able to get away from him and ran to the neighbor’s house for help. Anderson then got in her car and drove away.

When police interviewed her in the hospital, they took photos of her injuries, which were extensive.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence, you can seek information and help con.dentially at Turning –

point for Victims of Domes – tic and Sexual Violence via a 24/7 text hotline at 715-8218626 or a 24-hour crisis ho –

tline at 800-345-5104.