COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A drunken North Center woman punched a police officer after trying to hitch a ride on the running board of an ambulance en route to the hospital, prosecutors said.
Police were called to the 2400 block of North Lincoln Avenue at about 1 a.m. Thursday for a report of "a woman causing a disturbance with a Chicago Fire Department ambulance," according to a police report.
When police arrived they found Anastasia Rhodes, 20, "highly intoxicated," and ordered her to leave, the report states. Instead, Rhodes allegedly jumped on the running board of the ambulance as it was departing with a patient inside.
Rhodes then became belligerent when the police made her get down, screaming in one officer's face and punching him in the chest without warning, according to the report.
Rhodes, of the 4200 block of North Claremont Street, allegedly wrapped her legs around the officer's waist, causing him to fall and cut his forearms before authorities were able to get her under control.
She was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery and assault of a peace officer.
A Cook County judge ordered her held on $20,000 bail Friday during a brief court appearance.