Andover Woman Charged with DWI, Endanger Child after Anoka Crash

Updated: 11/20/2012 4:38 PM By: Jennie Olson

A woman was charged with drunken driving and endangering a child after crashing her car in Anoka.

The crash happened near County Road 9 and 184th Lane Northwest on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 17. Reports say the car was weaving and went into the ditch twice before the crash.

When emergency responders arrived, the car was on fire. Witnesses had helped pull the woman out of the driver’s seat, and an 8-year-old child in the back was able to escape on his own, according to the criminal complaint.

The driver was identified as 41-year-old Tonia Rae Dockter of Andover. She told police she was on her way to pick up her other child in St. Francis.

Police say they immediately smelled alcohol in her and that she was transported to Mercy Hospital because of the level of apparent intoxication and potential injuries.

Dockter has been charged with third degree DWI, second degree DWI, and endangerment of a child. If convicted, she faces up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the third degree charge; up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the endangerment charge; and up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the second degree charge.