Woman assaults officer with his baton, Portland police say
Portland police say they arrested a woman after she allegedly assaulted a patrol officer — with his own baton.
Angela Lou Dunson, 38, was arrested for third-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, third-degree escape, interfering with police, attempting to elude both on foot and by vehicle, reckless driving and providing false information.
Police say the incident began around 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, when an East Precinct officer was driving with flashing lights and sirens on Southeast Holgate Boulevard near 118th Avenue in order to assist on another emergency call.
Police say Dunson was piloting a motorcycle in front of the officer, but instead of pulling over, "increased speed," apparently causing her to crash.
"The officer pulled over to render assistance and address the dangerous driving behavior, but the rider began to run away," authorities say.
A struggle ensued, and police say the 180-pound Dunson tried to grab the patrol officer's taser, but the officer held on to it. Then Dunson allegedly grabbed the officer's expandable baton and assaulted him. The officer attempted to tase Dunson but it was "ineffective."
Police say another officer arrived on scene, tasing Dunson and helping to arrest her. Police say the motorcycle involved in the incident had been stripped of serial numbers, but officers have confiscated it and believe it was stolen.
The officer who was allegedly assaulted was taken to a hospital and treated, police say.
Dunson has two felonies and two misdemeanor convictions on her record, according to court documents, including one for unlawful use of a firearm.
She was arrested in June of this year for allegedly driving away from police inside a stolen vehicle, but the charges were dropped. Court documents at that time described her as a transient with family in Milwaukie.
Dunson remains in custody at the downtown jail at this time.
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