Woman accused in Southington incident with police may avoid prosecution

Published on Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:39


BRISTOL - A Massachusetts woman accused of assaulting three police officers and spitting on a paramedic in Southington has applied for a program that could spare her prosecution.

Janice Romero, 30, of Pittsfield, Mass., applied Thursday in Bristol Superior Court for the supervised diversionary program, telling the judge that she has a psychiatric disability that may have contributed to the way she allegedly acted on the night she was arrested. 

The case was continued to Oct. 11. State prosecutors indicated they will object to the granting of the program.

Romero was arrested April 28 after police were called at about 12:30 a.m. by neighbors reporting two people arguing behind a home on Marion Avenue.

Police found Romero and a man who investigators say was the victim of domestic violence. Romero appeared to be under the influence. 

Police said Romero ran around a nearby home and resisted when police tried to handcuff her. She was eventually handcuffed and placed in a chair, but stood up and appeared as though she were going to kick an officer, police said.

As she was placed back into the chair, Romero swung her head backward, hitting an officer in the face, according to police. 

Romero then had to be carried to an ambulance. While on the stretcher, she spit on a medic and kicked two officers, police said.

Officers later learned that Romero had assaulted the man found with her before police were called, according to police. 

Should Romero be granted participation in the program, charges of third-degree assault, interfering with an officer, second-degree breach of peace and four counts of assault on an officer or paramedic will be placed on hold for up to two years while she receives psychiatric treatment.

The charges could ultimately be dismissed. 

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:39. Updated: Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:42.