A Rowan County deputy was assaulted while responding to a call where a woman was being charged with trespassing and breaking into a home.
Two deputies were responding to a trespassing call on Fisher Road on Tuesday.
Deputies said that when they arrived, a homeowner told them a “strange woman” had just broken through her front door.
Moments later, a neighbor saw the woman standing next to a fence with her hands on the shoulders of her 8-year-old daughter.
Deputies said they found the woman, 34-year-old Teri Covello, of Centenary Church Road in Mount Ulla, involved in a shouting match with the homeowner, who had called 911.
According to media reports, Covello refused to listen to any of the deputies’ commands and was placed under arrest. While she was being arrested, the woman kicked, tried to pull away from the deputies and refused to stand up.
WBTV in Charlotte reports that the homeowner told law enforcement that Covello came into her house and began talking about a “headless horseman,” and saying that she wanted a horse. Covello then left the house and walked toward the neighbor’s house and an area where the neighbor kept horses.
Deputies said Covello tried to open the gate, but couldn’t, because the neighbor’s daughter was holding it shut.
According to WBTV, while Covello was being taken to the magistrate’s office, she began kicking in the back of the patrol car, and flipping upside down on the floorboard.
Covello became angry when the deputy refused to make several stops that she had requested, and she admitted to “snorting methamphetamine” earlier in the night, deputies said.
WBTV reports that four deputies had to remove Covello from the patrol car, and one deputy was kicked in the right leg and chest.
Officers said deputies had to carry Covello to the jail.
Covello is charged with breaking and entering, injury to real property, injury to personal property, second-degree trespassing, resisting police, and assault on a government official.
She is at the Rowan County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
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