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Woman accused of assaulting Tacoma fire captain who was trying to help her

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
April 30, 2013 1:44 pm

Police said a 20-year-old woman assaulted a Tacoma fire captain early Monday morning after his crew responded to the woman’s request for medical treatment.

The woman entered a downtown bar in the 2600 block of Pacific Avenue just after midnight Monday and asked for water, an ambulance and a telephone.

Witnesses said she “freaked out,” breaking a glass door and throwing chairs before firefighters tried to restrain her, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

While the fire captain was holding the woman’s arm and trying to call her down, the woman allegedly punched him in the chest and began spitting on the crew.

Officers arrived to help restrain the woman, who was taken to a local hospital. Medical professionals told police the woman tested positive for heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

After being released from the hospital, she was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and malicious mischief.

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