Mesa woman assaults police officers, punches nurse

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MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa woman is accused of assaulting police officers and punching a nurse early Monday morning.

At approximately 2 a.m., Mesa police officers responded to an order of protection complaint at an apartment complex near Recker and McDowell roads.

While at the complex, a female resident approached an officer and reported loud music coming from one of the apartments, according to Mesa police Detective Steve Berry.

As they talked, the officer saw a woman in a bathing suit open the door of the apartment with the loud music and throw a glass beer bottle into the parking lot. The bottle shattered and the woman, identified as Rachael Anne Myers, began yelling and screaming in front of the apartment.

According to Berry, Myers appeared to be very intoxicated. She became belligerent, refused to turn down the music and reportedly screamed profanities at the officers.

The officers informed Myers that she was under arrested for disorderly conduct. Berry said Myers aggressively resisted by punching, kicking, scratching, head-butting and spitting on one officer and grabbing the other officer and pulling him to the ground.

One of the officers used his stun gun on Myers. The wire broke off of one of the probes, so the officer gave Myers two contact strikes with the stun gun.

Myers was placed in handcuffs and the Mesa Fire Department responded to treat her.

Myers was advised that she was going to be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on police officers.

Berry said Myers was very belligerent with everyone on scene. Due to her level of intoxication and extremely high heart rate, Myers was transported to Banner Baywood Hospital.

While at the hospital, Myers continued to be belligerent with the hospital staff. During treatment, medical personnel loosened Myers' restraints and she reportedly punched one nurse in the left eye and scratched and spit in the face of a second hospital staff member.

Police added two additional charges of aggravated assault on medical staff.