A suspected drunken driver got into a tussle with a Sebastopol police officer Friday night, slightly injuring the officer and resulting in an added charge of resisting arrest, police reported.
Justine Valentin Robles, 29, Sebastopol, driver of a Honda CRV that was driving erratically, was pulled over around 11:15 p.m. on South Main Street, by Officer Victor Aguilar, police said.
Following a roadside investigation, she was placed under arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. Her blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.18, more than twice the level at which a person is presumed to be too intoxicated to drive.
While being driven to the police department for pre-booking, Robles began to scream and kick the back of the front seat divider of the patrol vehicle, police said.
Despite assuring the officer she would calm down, more trouble ensued at the police station as Robles refused the officer’s orders to sit down, police said.
When Aguilar attempted to force her into a seated position, she resisted and both of them fell to the ground, police said. She got to her feet and thrust herself backward, knocking Aguilar into a metal door frame and dazing him.
Another officer arrived to help, but Robles continued to resist, repeatedly attempting to kick the second officer and break free, according to authorities.
Robles was taken to a hospital for medical clearance before being booked into Sonoma County Jail.
Aguilar also was evaluated and determined to have sprained his hand during the struggle.