Chicago woman allegedly attacks Riverside officer after drunken driving arrest

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Latoya King, 32, of Chicago
Riverside Police Department-WLS

RIVERSIDE, Ill. (WLS) -- A 32-year-old woman arrested after allegedly driving drunk is also accused of punching and spitting into the face of a suburban Riverside police officer, officials said.

Latoya King was stopped by police at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3200-block of Harlem in Riverside for speeding, police said.

King failed six field sobriety tests and an officer found a plastic cup of Remi Martin liquor in her vehicle, police said.

A Breathalyzer test showed that she had a blood-alcohol level of .16 - twice the legal limit.

After learning of her BAL level, King allegedly became "violent," police said.

Riverside police give the following account of what happened: "While she was being fingerprinted and booked, she broke away from the officers and started to kick and punch the live scan booking machine. She then started to violently fight with the arresting officers in the booking room. She punched, kicked and spit directly in one of the officer's face, mouth, eyes and nose. This fight continued in such a violent manner that the Riverside 911 Center asked for assistance in the booking room. The Lyons Police Department dispatched personnel to assist Riverside."

The officer was transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and released later that morning.

King was charged with felony aggravated drunk driving, aggravated battery to a police officer, obstruction of identification, resisting arrest, misdemeanor drunken driving, driving with no valid driver's license and several other traffic related citations.

Police said that King had several past arrests for arrests for obstruction, invasion of privacy, traffic offenses, assault, damage to property, and theft.