Waterford woman assaulted officers after DWAI arrest, police say

Monday, December 10, 2012
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— A town woman was jailed Sunday after police said she repeatedly abused or assaulted police officers while being arrested following an early-morning accident.

Dorene Goman, 37, of Shear Court, faces charges including second-degree assault, attempted escape, and driving with ability impaired by drugs, police said.

The series of events began when police responded to a 12:30 a.m. accident on VanDerwerken Ave., and police said Goman failed several field sobriety tests.

At the police station, police said Goman became upset with Officer Jason Gervais, who was processing her, and punched him several times in the face and chest area.

The woman was put in handcuffs and secured to a wall, but was able to slip out of the handcuffs, police said. As she attempted to reach a door, Gervais chased her and struggled with her, and police said he was punched, scratched with her fingernails, and his coat was torn.

Goman was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Troy for evaluation, and later released and returned to police custody. At the police department again, she again became physically abusive, according to police, threatened to kill one officer and attempting to bite another. The woman was then shackled.

Goman was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, attempted escape and second-degree assault, and leaving the scene of an accident.

At arraignment before Waterford Town Justice Nancy Sunukjian, police said she became abusive towards the court and was eventually found to be in contempt of court, and sentenced to four days in jail.

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