Woman fined after punching police

A BOAMBEE woman has been ordered to serve a good behaviour bond over a drunken incident in Armidale last year in which she assaulted a police officer.

Sharona Lee Dodds, 22, has been found guilty on three charges of behave in an offensive manner in a public place, resist arrest and assault an officer.

The court was told she punched a senior constable to the chest and shoulder in a drunken rage in Claude Street, Armidale on October 24, last year about 11.40pm.

Police were called to the intersection of Golgotha Street on the night following reports of a brawl.

When they arrived, they found Dodds banging on the front screen door of a house yelling and screaming for a female occupant to come outside and fight her.

Approached by officers she lunged forward swinging a punch at the officer.

She was then tackled to the ground and was arrested and charged at the Armidale Police Station.

Five days after her arrest, Dodds again came to the notice of the law, once again for threatening conduct.

She was seen yelling at another woman while seated in a car at an Armidale service station in Queen Elizabeth Drive on October 29.

The pair was separated by police and Dodds was again questioned.

Pleading guilty to the three offences, she was fined $300 plus $76 in court costs.

Sentencing magistrate Darryl Pearce ordered that she undergo alcohol rehabilitation, placing her on a 12-month bond.

Dodds was warned if she continued to offend, she faced the prospect of going to jail.



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