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DL woman sentenced for smashing up home

Tabitha Mae Meyer, 41, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree damage to property and felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Sept. 25 a Detroit Lakes police officer responded to a report of property damage at a residence on the 200 block of Lake Avenue. Several windows had been broken out and Meyer and her husband were engaged in a heated argument.

Meyer had allegedly used a pole to break the windows, then crawled into the house through a window and started breaking things, including a TV set, a lamp and personal items. She allegedly attempted to kick in a bedroom door. In all, she caused several thousand dollars in damage to the rental unit.

The drug charge stemmed from a Nov. 5 car crash in Detroit Lakes. The responding police officer found Meyer standing next to a vehicle that had collided with a light pole and street sign. She said a tire had blown out, causing the accident. She was taken to an ambulance to be examined for injuries, and asked the officer to get her cell phone charger out of the car. The officer saw a square piece of material wrapped in tin foil in plain view, and she admitted it was possibly drugs. It turned out to be 4.8 grams of meth with packaging.

On Feb. 20, Meyer appeared before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony. On the property damage charge, she stayed imposition of sentence and continued the case.

Meyer was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for three days served. Work release privileges were granted, and she can do electronic home monitoring at her own expense.

She was ordered to pay $8,381 in restitution, $1,165 in court fees and a $1,000 fine.

She was also ordered to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations, and follow the recommendations. She was placed on supervised probation for five years.

On the drug charge, she was issued a stay of adjudication and the case was continued. She was ordered to pay $1,165 in court fees.