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Police report: Pulkrabek allegedly choked, pulled girlfriend by hair

Bill Pulkrabek

Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek allegedly choked his girlfriend and pulled her down stairs by her hair during a domestic incident Monday at his Woodbury residence, according to a police incident report.

Woodbury police arrested Pulkrabek, 41, at 4:45 p.m. at 10993 Oak Grove Circle Apt. A, on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault.

According to police:

A woman reported that she was in an argument with her boyfriend, identified as Pulkrabek, when he threw her onto his bed by her hair. She said Pulkrabek placed his forearm on her neck, making it difficult for her to breathe. She pushed and kneed him to get him off of her. The incident report says Pulkrabek pulled his girlfriend by her hair down the stairs and out of his residence.

Pulkrabek was booked into the Washington County Jail. He posted $25,000 bail about three hours later and was released. A phone message left with him Tuesday was not immediately returned.

According to his webpage, Pulkrabek lives with his wife, Lori, in Oakdale. She is an Oakdale City Council member.

Pulkrabek represents Washington County District 2, which includes Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Landfall and the northeast part of Woodbury. The Oak Grove Circle address listed as his residence is in his commissioner district. The property is owned by Brian J. LeClair, according to Washington County property records. LeClair is a former Woodbury-area state senator.

First elected to the County Board in 1998, Pulkrabek was re-elected to a fourth term last fall by defeating Lake Elmo Mayor Dean Johnston. He previously served as Oakdale mayor from 1995 to 1998.

Woodbury police sent their reports Tuesday to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, but said it is not a closed investigation. Orput said he would refer the case to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.

"It's obviously a conflict," Orput said of his office handling the case. "We're going to have them review it."

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Jon Avise contributed to this story.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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