A Washington woman accused of attempting to spit on officers while she refused to leave her vehicle as it was being towed was arrested Thursday, July 5.
Victoria C. Woodard, 32, Washington, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one count of third degree felony assault on a law enforcement officer, a felony charge for resisting arrest and two misdemeanor charges for assaulting police officers.
Washington police were dispatched to the 600 block of Walnut Street for a peace disturbance. According to a felony probable cause statement, officers were informed that a tow company was attempting to repossess Woodard’s vehicle when she got inside the car and refused to get out.
As officers stood nearby, Woodard started her car, put the vehicle into reverse and attempted to back the vehicle from the tow dolly attached to the tow truck. The tow truck driver then raised the tow dolly to prevent her from driving off the tow dolly.
Police again asked Woodard to leave the vehicle, according to the report, but she refused to do so or obey any of the officers’ commands.
She then rolled down the driver window. An officer attempted to unlock and open the driver door when Woodard attempted to roll the window up on his arm. Before she could roll the window up any further, a second officer grabbed her arm and prevented her from doing so.
Woodard then cleared her throat and attempted to spit at the officers.
A roommate of Woodard’s attempted to talk her into exiting the car, which she refused to do. According to the probable cause statement, police used baton to break the passenger side front window.
Woodard picked up the broken glass, threw it at and struck an officer. That’s when the officer tasered her. She exited the vehicle and was arrested.
Woodard was taken to Washington Mercy Hospital where she was declared fit for confinement. She continued to verbally abuse the officers and could not be processed when she was taken to jail.
Woodard is being held in the Franklin County jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.