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Decatur police say drunken driver kicked officer in face during New Year's Day arrest

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DECATUR — Police say a 24-year-old Decatur woman was arrested on New Year's Day for driving drunk and then kicking an officer. Two children were found home alone, according to court documents.

A sworn affidavit said officers located a car stuck on the curb around 4 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Van Dyke Street. Police who spoke with the driver smelled alcohol and said the 24-year-old woman became combative.

Before taking the woman into custody, officers called emergency medical services to treat a cut on her ankle she suffered in a crash, according to a sworn affidavit.

The woman refused the recommended stitches, but changed her mind, court documents said. She was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment and kicked medical equipment while waiting.

A sworn affidavit said an officer pinned the woman to the cot to prevent damage, and the 24-year-old kicked the officer in the face. Court documents said officers carried her to the squad car and she continued to kick them, an attempt to escape their grasp.

The woman made a statement about her two children being at home alone, so police went to her address and found a 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy sleeping, the sworn affidavit said.

The woman was booked into the Macon County Jail. She is facing preliminary charges of resisting/obstructing an officer, endangering the life/health of a child, aggravated battery to an officer and driving under the influence.

Charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. She is being held in lieu of $15,000.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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