Police charged a woman Tuesday with slapping a police sergeant and fighting his efforts to arrest her for impersonating a police officer after getting a traffic ticket – and arrest warrants said it all happened Feb. 6.
Jo-Ann McMiller, 60, was arrested at her home at 2885 Filbert St. Tuesday morning.
According to the warrants, police issued McMiller a citation for reckless driving on the day of the incident, and she told officers that she was a special police officer, someone who works for a company to which the state has granted police powers, usually for a specific geographic area, such as a shopping mall.
Police asked to see proof, the warrants said, and McMiller said she had left them at home.
The physical dispute started, police wrote, when Sgt. D.D. McDonald told her she was being arrested for impersonating a police officer and she refused to be handcuffed and slapped him.
Police did arrest McMiller, but she was taken to a hospital for evaluation rather than to jail, and was discharged before police could take her into custody again, spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.
It took police until Tuesday to find out where she was and serve the warrants, Hourigan said.
McMiller was charged with assault on a government employee, impersonating a police officer and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, and with failing to appear at a court hearing on a 2013 charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
This time, police took McMiller to the Wake County Detention Center, and she was held there in lieu of $3,500 bail.
She was scheduled for a May 21 court appearance on the charges, according to state records.