Boise woman charged with punching police officer

January 13, 2014 

Jessica Redman

A 26-year-old Boise woman was arrested early Saturday morning after she reportedly punched a Boise police officer in the face during a traffic stop, police reported Monday.

Jessica M. Redman was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of battery on a police officer, then released from jail on bond. Redman was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for running a red light, and after police arrested the driver for violation of a no-contact order, an officer reached into the vehicle to turn the engine off and Redman reached across the car and struck him, according to the Boise police incident report.

The report states that the officer sought to secure the vehicle because Redman “appeared to be extremely intoxicated” and the officer feared she might try to drive away. The officer suffered a laceration on his lower lip from the punch and scratches on his neck from Redman’s fingernails, police said.

Redman was taken to a local hospital to be cleared by medical personnel before being booked into jail on the battery charge. The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. Saturday on West Emerald Street at Roosevelt Street.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 3.

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