A california woman apparently took an extreme measure to try to quit smoking.
And it got her arrested, just as she planned.
Deputy Matt Campoy says it came out of nowhere as he left his shift at the sac county jail. a woman purposing intentionally blocking his way.
“All of a sudden she stepped into me and slapped me in the face.”
That woman, according to deputies – 31 year old Etta Lopez – she’d immediately be arrested, but it appears miss Lopez had a plan, allegedly slapping a cop to kick a habit.
“She told us that she needed to quit smoking.”
That’s right. Lopez allegedly admitting she sat in front of the county jail for hours intent on assaulting an officer to get arrested and be put in jail, where she would be forced to stop smoking cigarettes.
“She explained it with great detail as to why.”
“There’s easier ways to stop smoking besides hitting a cop.”
This neighbor who knows Lopez say she does smoke a lot – and they used to smoke together. but, no butts about, he can’t figure out her alleged nicotine plan:
“Coughing. No that’s not the way I want to quit.”
“I have not heard of something like that before.”
Kimberly Bankston-Lee is with the anti smoking group breathe California.
“If it led somebody to doing something like that to quit, that lets us know in the community that we have a real problem.”
But she insists coldcocking a cop, isn’t a way to quit cold turkey.
“I’ve never been assaulted like that.”