A Blue Earth man is accused of biting off the ear of another man who was trying to prevent him from driving drunk. Thirty seven year old Jesse Ray Frey was charged Monday in Faribault County District Court with felony 1st degree assault – great bodily harm, and gross misdemeanor DWI.
Frey and another man went to a bar together Friday night. The victim told police he believed Frey was too intoxicated to drive, so he tried to remove Frey’s keys from the ignition.
A fight ensued and the victim put Frey in a headlock after Frey tried to hit him. Frey then bit the top portion of the victim’s ear completely off. Investigators noted that they saw the “mutilated and partially missing ear.”
Frey drove off in his vehicle following the assault and was located on Highway 169, near the I-90 overpass with a damaged side mirror and leaking fluids. Frey claimed he hit a deer, but detectives say the damages to his vehicle and debris from a shrub on his car were consistent with a car driving through a nearby roundabout.
Police say Frey smelled of alcohol and showed signs of impairment, however, he refused to take a portable breath test. He was then arrested and taken into custody at the Faribault County Jail.