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Woman Accused of Attacking Officer Faces Aggravated Assault Charge

An Elizabethtown woman accused of attacking a police officer who responded to a domestic disturbance call at her home and is facing two firstdegree felony charges of aggravated assault.

Dion N. Kennedy, 45, of East Washington Street near Spruce Street, is also facing the second-degree misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, the third-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and the summary offense of careless driving.

Elizabethtown Police Cpl. Jesse J. Schlotzhauer laid out the allegations against Kennedy in a sworn statement filed in court. Schlotzhauer wrote that he and OfficerAlexander Reed were called to Kennedy’s home shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, for a report of a domestic in progress. A county dispatcher had advised police that the caller’s mother’s boyfriend was in the home yelling and the mother was not at home.

Upon arrival, police walked to the house and stood on the porch to listen for yelling before knocking on the door. While they were listening, they saw a Nissan Rogue moving on the street at a high rate of speed; the driver attempted to parallel park in front of the house. The vehicle nearly struck the bumper of a legally parked vehicle multiple times. Schlotzhauer wrote that he aimed the strobe of his flashlight at the vehicle to try to warn the driver and prevent a crash. The driver was later identified as Kennedy.

Schlotzhauer wrote that Kennedy was aggressive towards police and yelling about shining the flashlight at her. Schlotzhauer wrote that she walked toward the house, ignoring commands to stop, so he grabbed her right arm and she pulled away.

“Kennedy then struck me in the chest with a closed right fist,” Schlotzhauer wrote. “At this point I grabbed Kennedy’s left arm and assisted her against the house, where she was subsequently taken into custody withe the assistance of Officer Reed and Officer Frank Jones with Northwest Regional Police Department.”

Kennedy’s juvenile daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend came to the door and the daughter cried and yelled for Kennedy to stop, Schlotzhauer wrote. But when he searched her, she aggressively kicked him in the leg, he wrote in the sworn statement.

Kennedy is represented by Lancaster lawyer Mark Forrest Warner. The Advocate invited Warner to be interviewed for this article, but got no response by press time.

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