Woman accused of hitting officer in face with bottle

Stephanie Petterson

A 28-year-old woman accused of slamming a Gatorade bottle into a police officer’s face after he pulled her out of the way of oncoming traffic was arrested Sunday afternoon and faces felony charges.

Stephanie Hope Petterson was confronted by police officers who saw her walking in a lane of traffic along North Avenue near 18th Street just after noon Sunday, according to arresting documents. Officers asked her to walk on the sidewalk several times, but she continued to return to the road.

Grand Junction police officer Rocky Baldozier was writing Petterson a summons when she tried to flee into the road, causing a driver to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting her, the report said.

“Officer Baldozier grabbed Stephanie by the arms and pulled her backwards,” the affidavit for Petterson’s arrest said. “Stephanie then removed a Gatorade bottle which contained a red liquid substance inside it, out from under her arm. Stephanie turned towards Officer Baldozier and while holding the Gatorade bottle in her hand she used it to strike Officer Baldozier in the face.”

Petterson told officers she had used methamphetamine about an hour before she was confronted, and authorities found a baggie of suspected methamphetamine on her when she was booked at the jail, the report said.

Petterson could be charged with assault on a police officer, drug possession and other misdemeanor counts after the episode, which left Baldozier with “several cuts to his lips and mouth,” the report said.

Petterson was released on a personal-recognizance bond after her Monday court appearance. She is due to return to court Dec. 12.


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