A Henry County woman is facing charges of obstruction of a police officer and driving without brake lights after a dramatic traffic stop on Dec. 9, 2016.
Three other officers then arrived on the scene, all of whom, according to the report, told Law to get out of her car.
According to the police report, Henry County officers stopped a vehicle driven by Lauren Angelica Law, after observing that her car’s brake lights were not working. Police said Law rolled her window down only three or four inches as they approached her car. Law used her cell phone to record video of them.
Law repeatedly referred the officers to a 40-year-old California Court of Appeals ruling, People vs. Battle. She said the ruling establishes that a traffic infraction is not a crime, and therefore she did not have to give them her drivers license since they were not accusing her of committing a crime.
On Friday, the officers warned Law they would be forced to arrest her by breaking one of her car windows to open the locked car. She still refused to roll down the window and hand over her license. Police then smashed the front, driver-side car window and arrested Law, who continued recording video.
Law was taken to a local hospital, where she then demanded x-rays to determine if she had any broken bones. She was then taken to the Henry County jail.
Police say they have a dashcam video of the incident, which they say they will release in court as evidence against Law. They also plan to use Law’s own video as additional evidence against her.
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