Two women are facing charges after one allegedly punched a Newark Police officer attempting to arrest her friend on suspicion of DUI, authorities said.

The incident happened just before 1 a.m. June 7, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

Zenovia Lee, 20, of Middletown, N.Y., was driving on Christina Parkway when her car went off the roadway, through some trees and down into a ravine, Rubin said.

Her friend, Asake Banks-Bethea, 24, of Wilmington, pulled over to the side of the road, and Lee got into the passenger seat of Banks-Bethea’s car.

An officer driving by saw Banks-Bethea’s car, thought it was broken down, and stopped to investigate, thus learning about the crash.

As officers investigated the crash, they determined Lee was intoxicated and arrested her, Rubin said.

Meanwhile, Banks-Bethea became combative and punched one of the officers arresting Lee, according to Rubin. She, too, was taken into custody.

Banks-Bethea, who was also intoxicated, was charged with offensive touching, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and DUI, Rubin said. Lee was charged with DUI. Both were released on their own recognizance.

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She should have ghosted on her friend, instead!

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