Local man faces felony burglary charges

An Isanti man is facing charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident on Hwy. 65.

Danny Lee Koerner, 37, was charged before Judge P. Hunter Anderson March 7 in Isanti County District Court with felony 1st degree burglary of an occupied dwelling; felony 1st degree burglary with assault on person; and misdemeanor 4th degree damage to property.

Judge Anderson set Koerner’s bail at $20,000 without conditions or $10,00 with conditions. His next court appearance is March 14.

According to the criminal complaint:

Lt. Gene Hill of the Isanti Police Department was dispatched March 5 to a home on Pine Lane SE regarding a property damage complaint.

Upon arrival, he spoke to two individuals who said they were inside the residence when they heard a noise. They looked outside and saw a pickup truck back into a vehicle that was parked in the driveway.

After hitting the parked vehicle, four males exited the truck and forced their way inside the home. The two individuals inside the home said they didn’t know any of the men.

They explained the man identified as Koerner was the first person inside the home. He screamed about a road rage incident on Hwy. 65 involving his wife. The individuals inside the home described the scene as “chaotic” and armed themselves with steak knives for protection. After brandishing the steak knives, Koerner and the other three men left.

The individuals inside the home said after Koerner and the other men left, Koerner backed his truck into a vehicle parked in the driveway so hard that it pushed it into another vehicle. One vehicle was pushed into the closed garage door causing damage to the door.

Lt. Hill began to search the area for the suspect vehicle when he was contacted by State Trooper Richard Orpen who said he was investigating a road rage incident on Hwy. 65 and knew where the suspect vehicle was likely located.

Once officers found the pickup truck, they observed it had fresh slush from the recent snowfall on the underside and  snow and ice was melting on the hood because the engine was warm.

Officers spoke with Koerner who said the pickup truck never left the driveway that day, and denied any knowledge and involvement with the incident that took place on Pine Lane SE.

Lt. Hill photographed the suspect vehicle, and the individuals inside the residence at Pinto Lane SE positively identified Koerner as the first person who entered the home, and the driver of the pickup truck.