JUNEAU – A 34-year-old Beaver Dam woman made her initial appearance in court Tuesday on charges o physically attacking officers at the hospital after a domestic disturbance call.
Twana S. Gathing Curtis, 223 Seippel Blvd., was charged with two counts of battery of a peace officer, one count of throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker and two counts of disorderly conduct.
If convicted, she faces up to 16 years of imprisonment.
Court commissioner Steven Seim ordered a $1,000 cash bond with the condition that she not have any violent or abusive contact with anyone.
According to the complaint, officers were called for a complaint of a man and woman fighting on June 9 at 5:21 p.m. When officers arrived, they received no answer. However, they were called about a woman in her bra and underwear on Wayland Street that they believed might have been involved in the fight. The woman was found with a cut on her hand. Officers attempted to speak with her, but she refused to speak with them before becoming physically combative.
The complaint states that officers detained her and transported her back to the residence to figure out what happened. She and the man in the residence disagreed about what had happened. However, the 12-year-old child in the house corroborated the man’s version, telling officers that before Gathing Curtis left the residence, she slapped the child and called him a traitor. Officers then took Gathing Curtis to the hospital for medical clearance and treatment for a cut on her hand.
According to the complaint, Gathing Curtis was verbally abusive and threatening the officers before going to the hospital. The complaint said that once at the hospital, she kicked officers several times, attempted to rip her IVs out, bit an officer and threatened officers and medical staff. Four officers were called in to hold her down and she was given medication to calm her down.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20.