Woman allegedly assaults police

Miller arraigned on felony charges

A New Enterprise woman was arrested after she allegedly assaulted state police troopers during an altercation, court documents stated.

Maria Beth Miller, 54, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Kathy S. Calhoun on five felony charges of aggravated assault with attempts to cause bodily injury to designated individuals, the criminal docket stated.

Miller is accused of assaulting multiple troopers during an altercation Tuesday on the 2600 block of Lafayette Road, New Enterprise.

According to the complaint, troopers were originally dispatched at 9:31 p.m. after Miller allegedly shouted profanities and threw a beer can at a resident on the 3700 block of Lafayette Road, Roaring Spring.

Police followed Miller to her address on the 2600 block of Lafayette Road, where Miller allegedly shouted profanities at troopers, telling them to get out of her driveway.

While troopers were speaking with Miller, she allegedly slapped a trooper’s hands, forcing police to bring her to the ground, the police report stated.

Once troopers brought Miller to her feet, she allegedly kicked a trooper in the leg and spit in the trooper’s face, police reported.

During the altercation, police noted in a report that there was a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Miller.

Due to her allegedly driving a vehicle before the altercation, Miller was transported to UPMC Bedford for a legal blood draw.

Police said while seated on the gurney, Miller again kicked a trooper, yelling profanities and racial slurs.

In addition to the five felony counts, Miller also faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and seven summary offenses of disorderly conduct and harassment.

Miller was remanded to the Bedford Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 cash bail.

She is to appear Wednesday in Bedford County Central Court for a preliminary hearing.


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