A Brownwood woman's slow ride on a moped ended with a ride to jail on multiple charges Wednesday night, police said.
Luella Gipson-Torres, 53, was booked into the Brown County Jail on two charges of assault on a public servant and on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, resisting arrest and failure to identify, jail records state. Gipson-Torres remained jailed Thursday morning, with bonds totaling $28,000.
According to a police report:
A woman flagged down an officer at 10:39 p.m. at Coleman Street and the Old Coleman Road, saying she believed someone had tampered with her moped in the parking lot of the Ron Jackson Juvenile Justice Center. The woman said the steering mechanism would not turn left or right.
The woman refused the officer's offer to call for a tow and said she would ride it home. The woman could not get the moped to a safe speed and impeded traffic, causing vehicles to slow down, stop and then drive around her. The officer made a traffic stop in the 800 block of Coleman. Another officer arrived, told the woman it would be a hazard to continue to ride the moped and told her to get off the moped.
That officer asked the woman if she had identification.
"Yes," she replied, according to the police report.
The officer asked if he could see it.
"No," the woman replied and rode off on the moped.
The first officer followed the moped, activating her patrol car's overhead lights, hitting the siren and telling the woman on the car's loudspeaker to pull over. The woman, who had a hard time steering the moped, yelled "leave me alone" and "go around," the officer's report states.
The woman pulled to the side of the road and stopped, and the second officer had to grab the moped's handlebars to keep the woman from riding away again. The officer told the woman to get off, and the woman hit the officer in the face, the report alleges. The first officer took the woman to the ground, and the woman "punched me in the face with a closed fist," the officer's report alleged. "I felt pain and my eyes watered."
The officers got the woman to jail, where she could not initially be processed because she was "not compliant," the officer's report states.
In other incidents:
• A Brownwood officer arrested Blayne Craig, 19, off Brownwood, on a theft warrant. A search at the jail allegedly revealed a baggie with marijuana in Craig's boot, a police report states. Craig was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.
• Sheriff's Sgt. John Fincher arrested Joe Robles, 36, of Brownwood, on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, unlawfully carrying a weapon and on a contempt warrant after a traffic stop, jail records state.