City woman locked up after allegedly kicking officer

What began as a simple routine DUI arrest early Tuesday morning resulted in the driver, Amanda Rivera, being locked on an assault charge after she kicked a city patrolman, it was alleged in an affidavit.

Driving a 2013 Chevy, Rivera, 29, of 1624 Sherman St., was stopped near Washington Boulevard and Mulberry Street because she nearly hit a parked vehicle head-on, police said. Also, the car was registered to two people with the “female half, Rivera, coming back with a suspended driver’s license,” the affidavit stated. Rivera was in fact identified as the driver, police said, adding that there was “open, empty bottle” of an alcoholic beverage on the passenger’s seat. The woman was asked to step out of the car to perform field sobriety tests, but once she was out of the vehicle, she became uncooperative and therefore was placed in the back of a police cruiser.

“Once in the vehicle, Rivera smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. She refused to submit a blood sample at UPMC Williamsport and she “would not provide officers with any address to where she could be dropped off,” so they took her to police headquarters, court records stated. At the police station, Rivera “kicked backward,” striking an officer in the groin area, court documents alleged.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of aggravated assault and DUI, plus a summary violation, she was placed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.


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