SHAMOKIN — A 46-year-old Shamokin woman is facing assault and possible DUI charges for allegedly punching a magisterial judge in the face following an accident in downtown Shamokin Saturday night.

Patrolman Raymond Siko said he was stopped around 10:04 p.m. by a motorist participating in the Shamokin cruise event and was told there was an accident in the area of Ninth and Independence streets.

Upon arriving at the scene, Siko said a large group of people had formed and he identified Magisterial Judge John Gembic III speaking with a female identified as Kim Dornsife. Dornsife had allegedly backed out of a parking spot into Gembic’s Ford pickup truck, causing front-end damage to his vehicle.

Siko said he heard Gembic telling Dornsife if she hadn’t backed into him, she “would have probably killed someone that was standing in the street.”

While speaking with Gembic, Siko said he noticed blood on his teeth and was told by Gembic that following the accident, Dornsife punched him in the face with a closed fist. Dornsife didn’t recall the incident when questioned by police, according to Siko.

Dornsife appeared to be under the influence and was taken to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital for a blood draw.

Siko said Dornsife faces assault charges and he is waiting for the results of the blood test to come back to file all charges together.

Gembic recalled the events on Sunday, saying he had seen a car backing up while there were people in the road, so he stopped his vehicle and put it in park. He said Dornsife continued backing up, hitting his truck.

Gembic said Dornsife got out of her vehicle, yelling and asking why he hit her.

“I suspected she wasn’t acting like a reasonably prudent person so, as she was yelling, I removed the keys from her vehicle and walked to the other side of the car. I wasn’t going to let her drive and kill somebody,” he said.

It was after removing the keys that he said Dornsife punched him, but he would do the same thing again if he had to.

“I’d rather take a punch in the mouth any day to save somebody’s life,” Gembic said.

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