Warren woman charged with assault after allegedly spitting on nurse

Posted July 20, 2012, at 6:58 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old Warren woman remained in jail Friday afternoon after being arrested Thursday morning for drunk driving and then spitting on a nurse at the local hospital, according to police.

Bail for Jennifer Marriner was set at $1,000 cash on Friday during a hearing in Rockland District Court.

Marriner originally was charged with assault on a health care provider, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, operating under the influence, possession of a suspended license, operating after suspension and violating a condition of release. Bail originally had been set at $2,500 cash by the bail commissioner at the Knox County Jail.

On Friday, the district attorney’s office filed criminal complaints alleging assault, OUI and operating with a suspended license.

According to an affidavit filed by Rockland Police Officer Andrew Redden, the officer found a car on Main Street at 2 a.m. Thursday with a pedestrian crosswalk sign under the vehicle. The officer talked to the owner of the vehicle who said his girlfriend, Marriner, had been at the lounge at the Navigator Motor Inn with him and wanted to leave but he said he was going to finish a game of pool. She took his keys and drove off, crossing the street, striking the sign and ending up on a sidewalk, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses on the street said a woman fled from the car and directed the officer to what direction she went. The officer found her on the grass near the road, according to the report.

When he could not wake her up, he called for an ambulance. When emergency medical staff arrived, she came to and tried to throw her shoe but struck the EMS worker in the face, the affidavit states.

At the hospital, a nurse reported that Marriner had spit in her face as the health care provider was trying to help her.

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