Alleged drunk woman accused of attempting to strike a police officer with her vehicle

May 22, 2012 9:25:42 AM PDT
A woman is accused of being intoxicated and attempting to strike a police officer with her vehicle as the officer was arresting her.

Joana Jaqueline Rodriguez is charged with aggravated assault. On May 20, police responded to a trespassing call at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Wirt Road in northwest Houston and say an officer found Rodriguez to be intoxicated. According to police, Rodriguez, 30, had blood shot eyes, unsteady balance, aggressive and belligerent behavior, and her breath smelled of alcohol.

Court documents state Rodriguez got into her vehicle, started the engine and would not exit the vehicle. An officer placed her under arrest for public intoxication, and when the officer tried to pull Rodriguez out of her vehicle, police say she put the vehicle in reverse and slammed on the gas pedal. The officer was pinned between the vehicle door and the cabin as the vehicle moved in a circle. The officer was able to get safely away from the vehicle.

Police say Rodriguez then placed the vehicle in drive and tried to run over the officer, who fled between two apartment buildings. Rodriguez swerved the vehicle to avoid the buildings and fled with the officer's handcuffs attached to her left wrist, according to police.

Rodriguez's vehicle was located across the street at another apartment complex, investigators say, and identifying information, including her passport, was found inside.

Bond has been set at $30,000.

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