A woman detained for driving under the influence is facing other charges after she refused to comply with officers and reportedly damaged a patrol car during her arrest.
Rebeca Lynn Griffis, 26, of Southern View Drive in Graniteville, was cited with driving under the influence, failure to comply with a public safety officer and damaging city property. According to a report by the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Griffis was issued citations and given a court date of Jan. 28.
Griffis was pulled over on Whiskey Road about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday after officers saw her driving erratically, according to the report. She told officers she had one mixed drink earlier.
After failing multiple field sobriety tests, Griffis was placed under arrest. According to the report, Griffis was noncompliant, and two officers had to restrain her to put her into the back of a patrol car and a seat belt.
“Once she was inside of my car, I then read her rights as she was screaming profanities toward me and other officers,” the report stated.
While officers were completing a tow sheet for Griffis’ vehicle, she reportedly kicked the window on the rear door of the patrol car until it “was busted out.”
Officers placed Griffis in a “hobble,” which is a type of leg restraint and then placed her into another patrol car, according to the report.
“As she was in the rear of his car, she began to head-butt the partition and continued to curse at all officers,” the report stated. At the Aiken County detention center, Griffis reportedly continued to yell and scream profanities at officers and resisted being taken to the intake area. Officers then had to place her into a restraint chair.
Griffis continued to be uncooperative and refused to provide a sample for a breath test, according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.
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