CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old woman accused of assaulting a firefighter-paramedic was arrested early Monday.
According to Clearwater police, Ashley Cochran of Palm Harbor was involved in a minor, single-vehicle crash just before midnight Sunday near the intersection of Fort Harrison Avenue and Mohawk Street.
Cochran drove into several street signs and crashed into a pole, causing power lines to fall. A small outage was reported in the area after the crash, police said.
Officers who spoke with Cochran noticed she smelled of alcohol and said she admitted to drinking. After consenting to a blood draw, Cochran became angry and grabbed a Clearwater firefighter-paramedic by the arm. She started to swing her arms at him as she yelled, "You don't know what I have been through," police said.
Cochran was eventually subdued and arrested. She faces a charge of battery on a firefighter. Officials are awaiting results of the blood-alcohol test.
Cochran was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where she remained Monday afternoon.