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Woman accused of leaping from window of moving police car headed to jail

Jessica Lynn Schweninger

FARGO – A woman faces a list of felony charges after allegedly leaping from the window of a moving Fargo police car while being taken to the jail for booking on methamphetamine charges and outstanding warrants.

According to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Cass County District Court, officers were dispatched on a call to find Jessica Lynn Schweninger, 27, who had warrants out for her arrest for violating probation on possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers found Schweninger, who had recently been featured in local media “most wanted” reports, in an apartment commons area in Fargo. She was sitting on the floor with a laundry basket and a backpack nearby.

Schweninger at first denied being the woman police were looking for but later admitted she was, a police report says.

She also said the backpack and a purse nearby weren’t hers.

After cuffing Schweninger, during which she reportedly tried to pull away, officers took her to Officer Chad Moen’s squad car a half-block away.

They looked through the purse and found hypodermic needles and a packet of what appeared to be crystal meth.

She was told she was under arrest for the warrants. En route to the jail, Schweninger leapt from the window of the moving police car, injuring herself, the police report says.

She was taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

At Sanford, an officer searched the remainder of Schweninger’s property and found three syringes, a baggie full of powder shards and three pipes.

A spokesperson for Sanford said Friday that Schweninger is no longer a patient at the hospital.

Schweninger was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of meth and one count of escape, all Class C felonies.

She also was charged with one count of Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her next court appearance is set for Aug. 21.