Police: Woman swore, resisted arrest at traffic stop

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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KINGSTON — A Pittston woman did not believe police had the right to ask for her identification during a traffic stop for driving a vehicle with an expired registration on Saturday, according to court papers.

Police said they stopped Dominique V. Petel, 40, after a search of a Pontiac G6 she was operating on Grove Street indicated the registration expired in January. Officers said she also had an inoperable tail light.

Things quickly grew heated, with Petel screaming expletives out the window as an officer approached the vehicle, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, the situation escalated from there:

When asked if she had a problem, Petel allegedly replied she “knew what was going to happen” and that police were “going to tow her car.”

When the officer asked Petel for her identification, she questioned why and said police did not have the right to request it.

Police also learned during the traffic stop that the Pontiac’s inspection and emissions expired in February 2017.

A records check allegedly revealed Petel and a passenger, Kaieyla Petel, have suspended driver’s licenses and were not permitted to operate a vehicle.

Kaieyla Petel was requested to exit the vehicle. As she was exiting, Dominique Petel exited the driver’s side door and attempted to walk around the vehicle, and was told several times to re-enter the Pontiac.

Police allege Dominique Petel cursed and screamed, “you can’t arrest me,” and “see what they do to us,” the complaint says.

Dominique Petel allegedly struggled with officers when she was arrested. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Police charged Dominique Petel, of Riverview Manor, with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license and four vehicle code violations. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,500 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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