Mohave Valley woman whacks deputy, breaks nose

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MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials in Mohave County say a deputy plans to be back on duty Wednesday after a woman she was trying to arrest broke her nose with her purse.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter says the purse 48-year-old Diana Lynn Hill of Mohave Valley swung Tuesday evening contained a large bottle of perfume and weighed more than three pounds.

Carter says Deputy Cori Merryman managed to handcuff Hill and put her in her patrol car before backup officers arrived, even though she had a bloodied nose that turned out to be fractured.

Hill was trying to prevent a friend's car from being impounded and had refused Merryman's orders to move out of the way of a tow truck.

Hill is jailed on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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