A 38-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting a public safety officer and unlawful use of a weapon after she allegedly attacked a Portland police officer and used his own baton to beat him as he tried to assist her following a motorcycle crash.
Angela Dunson, of Portland, was transported to the hospital and treated for injuries suffered in the crash in Southeast Portland on Friday evening before being turned over to the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Police say an officer was driving to respond to a call with his police lights and siren activated when a motorcycle rider in front of him started to speed up, then lost control and crashed. The officer pulled over to try to help her and “address the dangerous driving behavior,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement, but the rider got up and ran away.
A struggle ensued when the officer attempted to take her into custody, and police say Dunson attempted to grab the officer’s Taser, then grabbed his expandable baton. She is accused of using the baton to assault the officer.
After another officer arrived at the scene and used his Taser on Dunson, she was taken into custody while the officer she allegedly attacked was transported to the hospital. He has since been treated and released, OregonLive reports.