A public defender in Annapolis, Maryland has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and kneeing an arresting officer in the groin.
The Capital Gazette reported that 43-year-old Michele Vignola was arrested Wednesday on several charges, including driving under the influence and second-degree assault. Vignola has been a public defender for 16 years.
According to court records, Anne Arundel County police stopped Vignola early Wednesday morning in Annapolis, saying she didn't fully stop at a red light before making a right turn. Police say Vignola smelled like alcohol, but denied having anything to drink and declined to perform a sobriety test.
As police tried to arrest Vignola, she allegedly hurled profanity-laced insults at them, and struck an officer in the groin with her knee.
Neither Vignola nor her attorney, David Putzi, could be reached for comment.