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Drunk woman arrested for assaulting police officer

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TENELA W. Peter was arrested by the Department of Public Safety for assaulting a police officer while she was heavily intoxicated.

Peter, 20, was charged with assault and battery, and minor consuming liquor. She waived the preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan previously granted the defendant’s request to be released on her own recognizance on Oct. 13. The judge also imposed a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Peter who was represented by Assistant Public Defender Jean Nogues. Assistant Attorney General Erin Toolan appeared for the government.

Peter is scheduled to return to court for arraignment on Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint against Peter, in the early morning of Oct. 11, 2020, she was seen by a police officer in the middle of the road shouting.

As the police vehicle approached, she  shouted profanity at the police officer and struck the passenger door of the vehicle.

Peter then approached the police officer and tried to fight with the officer.

Peter was asked to calm down, but she instead rushed toward the police officer and started striking the officer with open hands.

The officer sustained scratches on the neck and forehead.

Peter resisted arrest but was eventually subdued with the help of another police officer and the aunt of the defendant.

Officers noted “a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from” the defendant.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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