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Federal Way woman charged with assault for allegedly trying to punch officer

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
June 4, 2013 1:11 pm

A 36-year-old Federal Way woman has been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly trying to punch an officer who pulled her over for talking on her cell phone while driving.

The incident happened May 27 in the 30900 block of 16th Avenue South.

According to police reports:

The woman started yelling at the officer when he refused to let her return home to provide a valid insurance card. When he walked to his patrol car to write up a ticket, the woman tried to walk off with her dog.

She refused multiple orders to get back in her vehicle and tried to punch the officer when he went to arrest her.

Police say the 260-pound woman “outmuscled” the 155-pound officer, who called for backup.

During the episode, the woman called 911 to report being attacked by police.

A second officer arrived and helped arrest the woman, who allegedly continued her attempt to punch the officer and scratched his neck.

Police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said force was used during the arrest and an independent review is underway.

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