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A Racine woman became combative and violent after police found her asleep at the steering wheel Friday, partly blocking traffic within the 1200 block of Highland Avenue.

When officers from the Racine Police Department found Marissa S. Martinez, 23, her car was running and her parking lights were on. They tried to wake her up by knocking on the window. But she didn’t wake until they began rocking the car back and forth, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Martinez refused to get out of the car for police, and one officer stuck his baton in her window to stop her from rolling it up.

After she refused to engage with the police, an officer broke a rear window and got into the car. Martinez punched him in the chest and slapped him in the face. Her car allegedly smelled strongly of “intoxicants.”

Martinez resisted arrest and was combative in transport to Ascension All Saints Hospital, where  staff had to sedate her.

She is charged with battery to law enforcement officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.