Woman short on cash at North Carolina restaurant now faces DWI, assault charges
A North Carolina woman apparently was short on cash and needed to find an ATM after having dinner and allegedly drinking at a Mexican restaurant in Gastonia. Police claim that some kind of civil disturbance broke out and officers responded to the area.
Law enforcement claims that the Charlotte woman began cursing at people in the neighborhood of the restaurant when she saw police arrive in the area. Later, she would be arrested on DWI charges that eventually expanded to a string of criminal charges.
News reports are unclear about what the reported civil disturbance involved that brought law enforcement into the area. Eventually, the woman was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. Police claim that they saw the woman weaving in her car in the parking lot outside the restaurant. Matters grew worse as the evening went on, according to authorities.
Gastonia police say that the young woman was combative during the police encounter-and beyond. Authorities claim the woman kicked a police car, spat on the window of the vehicle and had not yet settled down by the time that she was brought into a magistrate’s office.
The woman’s alleged DWI and reckless driving case grew to include a list of additional alleged offenses. Law enforcement accuses the woman of resisting arrest and two counts of assault on a government official. She is also accused of driving on a revoked license, although the media does not indicate what basis served for the license revocation.
Authorities booked the Charlotte woman into the Gaston County Jail, where she is being held in lieu of a ,000 secured bond.
Source: Gaston Gazette, “Friendly meal ends in DWI, assault charges,” Diane Turbyfill, June 4, 2012