SAN TAN VALLEY — A San Tan Valley woman is facing six counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers after she allegedly fought with Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies who were trying to take her into custody.
According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Melissa K. Cohen-Trysker, 33, is charged with six counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after she allegedly hit three Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies and three PCSO corrections officers.
At 12:42 a.m. on Feb. 16, a deputy spotted a vehicle traveling northwest on Hunt Highway near Village Lane in San Tan Valley at 98 mph in a 45 mph zone in the left lane. The deputy allegedly saw the driver, later identified as Cohen-Trysker, swerve in and out of both lanes multiple times and nearly lose control of her vehicle.
When the deputy turned on his lights and sirens, Cohen-Trysker allegedly made a U-turn and started driving southeast on Hunt Highway and then turned south onto Village Lane before coming to a sudden stop.
The deputy noted that Cohen-Trysker had a delayed response to questions, red, watery eyes and thick, slowed speech. She also allegedly staggered when she walked and there was an odor of alcohol.
During a field sobriety test, the deputy noted six cues that indicated that Cohen-Trysker might be intoxicated.
When deputies attempted to take Cohen-Trysker into custody, she allegedly spit at two of them and had to be hobbled due to kicking and hitting her head in the patrol vehicle. When she was removed from the patrol vehicle at the station, she allegedly kicked one deputy in the groin and tried to kick the same deputy in the head. She allegedly continued to be combative with corrections officers at the Pinal County jail.