Woman who allegedly assaulted police officer is charged
By The Star Staff
Amanda Marie Santiago López, a woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer during a traffic stop and was later immobilized with a “taser” device, faced charges on Wednesday in Utuado Superior Court.
The Utuado Prosecutor’s Office of the Department of Justice filed a charge of using violence against public authority, and one count of mistreatment through negligence for violating Article 60 of the Law for the Safety, Welfare and Protection of Minors by leaving a minor alone in the vehicle she was driving at the time of the intervention.
The woman, whose image went viral through a video on social networks, could face three years in prison.
Judge Rafael Pérez Medina found cause for arrest against Santiago López for violation of Article 245 of the Criminal Code for the aggression against the agent. On the child abuse charge he found no cause. The judge imposed bail of $10,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan 9.
The incident occurred on Dec. 14 when officer Eric Matos López, assigned to the Utuado Traffic Division, was performing a preventive patrol on Doctor Cueto Street in Utuado when he observed a woman driving in the opposite direction who was talking on the cell phone without a hands-free device. The woman allegedly ignored the officer’s attempts to get her to pull over. He continued to follow and told her to stop her car at a Burger King, where the woman parked incorrectly in a handicapped parking space.
The officer asked for the woman’s documents and she reportedly got out of the car in a hostile manner, insulting the officer, and got back into her car. When the officer told the woman she would be arrested, she got out of the car again and hit him, causing lacerations.