Defendant pleads not guilty to assault after allegedly throwing burrito

Published 11:04 am Friday, August 10, 2012

An Adams man charged with a gross misdemeanor for allegedly throwing a burrito at a woman pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County Court.

Troy Hansen, 40, pleaded not guilty to the domestic assault charge, which the victim says happened over an argument about cigarettes, according to the court complaint.

Adams Police and a Mower County Sheriff’s deputy went to the 100 block of Fourth Street NW in Adams after 9 p.m. July 24 for a report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived, they found Hansen had allegedly thrown a burrito at the woman, as toppings were still on her head and right shoulder. The court complaint says Hansen asked the woman for a cigarette and got angry when she refused. He then dumped her plate off the bed and threw her cooked burrito, which struck her in the head. The complaint does not say that the victim was burned, but she said she was scared.

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Hansen admitted he had about six pints of beer, was given a breath test and registered a .254 blood-alcohol content, the complaint adds. A review of his record shows a previous conviction for third-degree domestic assault in June 2009. He was also charged for a probation violation on a gross misdemeanor DWI conviction from July 2011 and sentenced to 180 days in jail.

His pretrial is Oct. 12.