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Newark woman charged with kicking police officer

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A Newark woman is facing charges after allegedly kicking a police officer who was investigating a fight, authorities said.

The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to a call for a fight at a home in the 400 block of Capitol Trail, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department. The fight had broken up before police arrived.

As officers were talking to the people involved, 37-year-old Patricia Burgess – who was not involved in the initial incident – began to interfere with the investigation by yelling and cursing and approaching the officers and other people at the scene, Rubin said.

“Despite having been warned, Burgess persisted in interfering with the investigation, and officers then attempted to place Burgess under arrest,” Rubin added. “Burgess fought with officers and kicked an officer in the chest.”

The officer was not injured.

Burgess was charged with offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She was released on $3,000 unsecured bail.

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