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Woman charged with assaulting an officer


March 27. 2013 11:27PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6116




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WILKES-BARRE — A woman pinned a police officer’s arm in her car window after she chased and slammed her vehicle into her ex-husband’s Jeep on South Hancock Street, according to charges filed.


Patricia A. Farrell, 40, of Pickerel Lane, Greentown, was arraigned late Tuesday night on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.


An officer sustained a back injury during the incident early Monday morning.


According to the criminal complaint:


John Farrell told police his ex-wife came to his house and attempted to force her way inside. He claimed she threatened to crash into his vehicle, at which time John Farrell ran to his Jeep and drove around the block returning to his house as two police officers arrived.


Police said they witnessed Farrell intentionally crash her Saab into the Jeep.


Farrell refused commands to shut off her car. An officer reached inside the driver’s side window to turn off the ignition as Farrell rolled up the window and pinned the officer’s arm, the complaint says.


Police allege in the complaint Farrell attempted to drive away with the officer’s arm pinned in the window.


Police stunned Farrell with a Taser as another officer smashed a car window to unlock the door.


Farrell continued to attempt to drive away as the pinned officer was able to free his arm, according to the complaint.


Farrell struggled with police and refused to release her grip from the steering wheel.


Police stunned Farrell a second time before she was handcuffed, the complaint says.


Farrell displayed signs of intoxication and was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where she refused to submit to a blood test, police said.


Police said Farrell refused to identify herself and claimed she did not know Patrica Farrell, according to the complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 4 before District Judge Martin Kane.


Court records say Farrell was released from jail on March 4 when bail was reinstated on charges she was driving a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Courtdale on Sept. 11, 2011. She is also facing a charge of theft in county court for allegedly stealing 60 Vicodin tablets, a video camera and coins from a residence in Luzerne on Oct. 17, 2012, according to court records.




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