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MARICOPA — A Tempe woman is facing charges after she allegedly fought with an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper after being pulled over.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Stephanie M. Dunham, 34, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

At 5:30 p.m. on May 26, a DPS trooper saw the vehicle Dunham was driving north on State Route 347 near milepost 182. The trooper stated that Dunham was allegedly switching lanes erratically while driving with her hazard lights on and occasionally drifting onto the shoulder. Her actions allegedly caused several vehicles to slam on their brakes in order to avoid colliding with her vehicle, according to court records.

When the trooper stopped Dunham, she allegedly handed over her driver’s license but did not provide proof of insurance or the registration of the vehicle. When the trooper asked for the registration and insurance information, Dunham allegedly handed over a temporary Arizona ID saying it was proof of registration.

When the trooper told her that a temporary ID is not proof of registration, Dunham allegedly handed over a receipt from a tire shop. The trooper then asked Dunham to get out of the vehicle because she allegedly was starting to become argumentative. At that point, Dunham allegedly got into a scuffle with the trooper and eventually had to be stunned.

She was then transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. At the hospital, Dunham allegedly began to fight with medical staff and kicked and punched another trooper.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at