An Erie County woman who was arrested on drunken driving charges early Wednesday night also assaulted a Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputy, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.
Kiersten K. Kennedy, 24, of Lawtons, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, aggravated DWI (having a blood-alcohol content of .18 or higher), DWI and moving from lane unsafely following an incident that occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on Route 417 in the Town of Allegany, officials said.
According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident and a roadside sobriety investigation determined that Kennedy was intoxicated.
While Kennedy was being transported to the Allegany Police station, deputies said she removed the handcuff restraints, wrapped them around her hand and struck a deputy in the face with them. After a struggle with the deputy, officials said Kennedy was placed back in custody.
The injured deputy was transported by Allegany EMS to Olean General Hospital and treated for lacerations to the face, officials said.
Kennedy was arraigned in Allegany Town Court and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending, officials said.