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Woman arrested after attacking her boyfriend with a screw driver while he was driving her kids

By Mason White 9:51 AM August 8, 2013
Berenice Gallegos-Martinez 

By: Shifra Unger
A woman was arrested and charged with assault related charges after she attacked her boyfriend while he driving her and her kids, according to police reports in New Mexico.

Dona Ana County Police said that a Hatch woman allegedly used a boot, a crowbar, a screwdriver and a door molding, to attack her boyfriend while driving with her children in the car on Monday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Berenice Gallegos-Martinez, 32, was arrested and detained in the Dona Ana County Detention Center on $10,000 secured bond.

She is facing two counts of aggravated battery against a family member with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of assault on a family member, a charge of intentional child abuse and one count of negligent child abuse.

Deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in Hatch at 4:30 pm on Monday, and when they reached the home the 23-year-old boyfriend told them that Gallegos-Martinez hit him in the head and neck with a boot while driving with her and the children.

The man said Gallegos-Martinez also tried to use a key to attack him, but he was able to disarm her, according to the sheriff’s report.

Gallegos-Martinez then allegedly stabbed the man in the chest and in the leg with a screwdriver before ripping a piece of molding from the rear of the car door trying to use it to strangle her boyfriend.

The occupants of the vehicle, including the woman’s 10-year-old son along with her 12 and 13-year-old daughters, arrived home safely.

The victim refused medical treatment.