Alleged cop-biter charged
A Williamstown woman is charged with biting a Vermont State Police trooper.
Daniella F. Guica, 23, of Clark Road, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Rutland criminal court to misdemeanor charges of simple assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. She was released on conditions, including that she observe a 24-7 curfew at a treatment facility. If convicted, she could face a maximum of three years in prison.
Police said Guica drove past a state trooper who was in the middle of a traffic stop on Route 103 in Mount Holly on Saturday, passing so close that the cruiser shook. State law requires a driver approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with activated lights to use caution. When she was stopped, according to affidavits, Guica told police she knew she passed too close and that the van she was driving was hard to control.
Guica lacked a license or proof of insurance, police said, and “became irate” as she was being written a ticket, and then became “threatening” before slapping Trooper Christopher Loyzelle on the arm.
As he arrested her, according to affidavits, Guica repeatedly hit Loyzelle and then repeatedly kicked him in the shins before biting into his wrist.
“I asked the defendant multiple times to let go,” Loyzelle wrote. “The defendant refused to stop biting me until I brought her to the ground.”