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Corvallis woman facing felony for allegedly kicking cop in the groin

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A Corvallis woman is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly kicking a Ravalli County Sheriff's officer in the groin.

Serina Kathleen Lopez, 48, was charged with felony assault on a police officer in Ravalli County District Court on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.

According to court documents a deputy was dispatched to a location on Old Corvallis Road for a welfare check after reports of an incoherent woman lying on the ground in a medical gown. Upon arrival the deputy observed Lopez sitting on the ground, being propped up by another individual. The deputy recognized Lopez, as he had transported her to Bitterroot Health the night before.

Lopez reportedly told the deputy she wanted to be checked out by medical personnel, at which time the deputy requested an ambulance. He then attempted to escort the woman to his patrol vehicle to place her into protective custody for her safety, according to the affidavit.

At that point Lopez reportedly became “agitated and aggressive” with the deputy and began yelling at him. The deputy placed his hand around Lopez’s arm in order to prevent her from striking him, according to the police report, and advised her to not walk away. Lopez allegedly became increasingly aggressive and tried to pull away.

The deputy then “assisted” Lopez in sitting on the ground and advised her to stop ignoring his commands. The deputy told her to place her hands behind her back, at which point she began kicking him. One of the kicks struck the deputy in the groin, reportedly causing pain to the officer’s groin and abdomen. She allegedly kicked the deputy three more times, striking him in the legs and knee.

Justice Jennifer Ray set bail at $1,000.

Jessica Abell is the editor of the Ravalli Republic. 

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