Woman charged with assault after kicking, punching police

Jennifer Cassano was charged with assault on a police officer and EMS worker Saturday night.

Jennifer Cassano was charged with assault on a police officer and EMS worker Saturday night.

A woman was charged with assault on a police officer and emergency services technician late Saturday night after her boyfriend reportedly tried to stop her from driving drunk, police say.

Jennifer Ann Cassano, 19, of Rye, N.Y., kicked a police officer in the knees and punched an emergency services technician in the chest at around 11:45 p.m. as the two tried to restrain her on an ambulance gurney.

Fairfield police had been called to the parking lot of Jogues Hall at Fairfield University by campus security officers when Cassano, crying uncontrollably and speaking incoherently, became belligerent, refused to follow the officers’ instructions and persisted in screaming, according to the report.

The incident began when Cassano’s boyfriend reportedly sat on the ground in front of Cassano’s car to keep her from driving away, believing she was too drunk to drive.

After the attack on the police officer and EMS worker, police handcuffed Cassano and took her to police headquarters, where police said she  continued to be uncooperative. Cassano was released to her mother on a promise to appear, with a court date of Sept. 22.

Shortly thereafter, a police officer in a patrol car saw a vehicle on North Benson Road swerve and pull over. The officer approached the car and saw that it was Cassano’s family’s car, which Cassano had tried to jump out of in an attempt to get into the driver’s seat, forcing the driver to pull over, according to the report.

Cassano was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was admitted via emergency committal.

 

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