ST. GEORGE – A 42-year-old woman’s birthday celebration Saturday night turned into a physical altercation between attendees, which subsequently led to the woman’s arrest after she allegedly assaulted three responding police officers.
Just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to reports of a gang-related fight in progress near 1600 W. Meadow View Lane in St. George where eight-nine people were reported fighting with several adult men kicking and punching a man on the ground, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
When police arrived, two of the men who had been reported as fighting ran inside the home, the report stated, while officers approached Patti Ann Green, her ex-husband and her 17-year-old son.
The 17-year-old began to quickly walk away as officers ordered him to stop, the statement reads. When officers went to grab his arm to detain him, Green began yelling and swung her right fist toward an officer’s face.
“I was unable to avoid the strike and I was hit on the lower left jaw just above my chin,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “I released the juvenile and put my hands up to defend myself as I side stepped to my right to create distance from Patti. Patti continued to throw multiple strikes towards my head with both her fists.”
Green threw at least five more punches at the officer, the report read, striking his hands and arms as he protected his face. Then, Green’s ex-husband grabbed her from behind and told her to stop according to the statement.
“As she spun towards him,” the officer wrote, “Patti struck (her ex-husband) on the left temple of his head with her right fist.”
Green reportedly calmed down and went inside the home while officers waited for other units to respond, the report stated. Green then returned outside and began walking toward the street as officers told her to stop. Green began screaming and throwing punches at officers as they tried to detain her.
“Patti’s right fist struck the left side of my face in between my left eye and left ear,” the officer wrote.
Two officers were then able to get Green to the ground while a third officer handcuffed her, according to the report. The more officers told Green to stop screaming, the louder she yelled.
“Patti swore at us,” the officer wrote, “and called us ‘honkies’ and made racial comments about us being white officers.”
Green refused to get up from the ground on her own and walk to the patrol car, according to the statement. She continued to struggle with officers by dropping her body weight and kicking her legs, forcing officers to have to pick Green up by the belt-line of her pants and carry her to the car. She then refused to get in the car and resisted by tensing her body and standing straight.
Green was eventually placed into the patrol car and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
She was booked and charged with four class A misdemeanors for assault against a police officer; three class B misdemeanors for interference with arresting officer and assault; and a class C misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.
Green was released from custody on $10,580 bail.
According to Utah Court documents, this was not the first time police were called to a fight in which Green was allegedly involved.
In April 2014, police were called to the Riverside Apartments in St. George on several complaints of three people physically fighting on a balcony, according to court documents, during which Green allegedly assaulted a man and bit a woman.
Green reportedly resisted police as they attempted to arrest her and she allegedly kicked an officer in the shin. She was convicted of assault by a prisoner, interference with an arresting officer and intoxication.
In June 2011, Green was arrested and charged with assault and domestic violence but those charges were later dismissed. Green’s criminal record shows convictions for alcohol- and drug-related offenses, among others charges.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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