KULPMONT — A Shamokin woman is facing 27 charges, including two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, for resisting arrest during a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Oak Street around 2 p.m. Jan. 4.
Jessica Day, 25, of 22 N. Market St., Apt. 5, was charged by Chief Nathan Foust with felony counts of aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, numerous misdemeanors of simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and other summary offenses.
Day is alleged to have exited a vehicle with drug paraphernalia in her possession and resisted arrest when Foust and Patrolman Stephen Mazzeo attempted to retrieve the items. She yelled, cursed and kicked the officers as they attempted to take her into custody.
Day is locked up in lieu of $40,000 cash bail.
According to the criminal complaint, Foust was on patrol in the area of Seventh and Scott streets when he observed a sedan with a cracked windshield fail to stop at a stop sign at Seventh and Fir streets. A traffic stop was initiated.
Foust made contact with the driver, Ray Swigart Jr., who was known by the chief to not have a license. Day, a passenger, exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away with items she had retrieved from a rear seat. Mazzeo gave commands for her to stop so he could check the items, at which time she began to curse, yell and kick the officer, the complaint alleges.
Day again kicked Mazzeo and Foust as the officers attempted to retrieve the items. After a struggle, Day was placed in custody. Day kicked at the police cruiser and twisted her body in an attempt to land “body blows” while trying to free herself from the officers, the complaint states.
Citizens who came out to assist the officers were told they would wait for more officers to arrive. Officers then gained control of Day and had to physically pick her up by the arms and legs in order to place her in the cruiser.
Foust located on Day’s possession a wallet containing a rolled plastic baggie with synthetic marijuana, an identification card and a small rolled burnt blunt.
Foust then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle, during which he discovered a larger bag with a green lead-like substance. At this point, Swigart was taken into custody. Foust also located in the vehicle two more blunts, a box of clear sandwich bags and a silver scale.
EMS was called to the Kulpmont Police Station after Day complained that officers broke her wrist while being placed in custody. EMS stated her wrist was not broken and that the cuffs might have been too tight, the complaint states.
Assisting were officers from Mount Carmel Township, Mount Carmel Borough, Shamokin and Northumberland County Probation.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Jan. 16. in front of Magisterial District Judge William Cole.