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Woman tries to steal car from stranger who offered help before punching police officer

By Mason White 4:36 AM January 1, 2015
Andrea Sarie Espinosa 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman was arrested on assault charges after she tried to steal a car and punched a police officer.

The woman of Meridian, Idaho, was jailed after police said that she jumped into the car of a stranger and then hit the officer in the face.

The man flagged down a patrol car around 3:45 a.m. on Saturday. He told officers that he had stopped at the side of the road when he saw a stranded woman.

However, when he pulled over to see if she was fine, 25-year-old Andrea Sarie Espinosa jumped into his car and told him to drive. He spotted a police car and flagged the officer down.

When the man exited the car to speak with the officer, Espinosa moved into the driver’s seat and tried to drive away, police said.

The officer was able to open the door and stop the car.

The officer then ordered Espinosa to get out of the car, but she refused. When the officer tried to physically remove her, the woman punched him in the face, police said.

Espinosa was “confused and inconsistent” when officers spoke to her. She was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

The suspect has been charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing.