NBC10.com - Denise Nakano
A Chester County woman claims a police officer pulled her from her car and punched her in front of her child. The officer says Adrienne Jones resisted arrest and bit him. NBC10's Denise Nakano talks exclusively to Jones about the incident.
A Chester County woman accused of resisting arrest is speaking out for the first time, claiming that she was the victim of police brutality.
“He punched me in the face before I hit the ground,” said Adrienne Jones.
Jones says she was driving down Sanatoga Road in East Coventry Township Sunday night when she noticed a police officer signaling for her to pull over. Jones claims she then traveled less than a mile with her hazard lights on until she felt safe enough to pull over. Jones says the officer then began to scream at her.
“He says, ‘pull the f****** car over you f****** b****,’” she said.
Jones’ 10-year-old son, Cameron Heck, who was with her at the time, also claims the officer began to speak to his mother as if he was “going to hurt her.” Jones says the officer then began to attack her.
“He grabbed me by the back of the neck and by my hair and yanked me out of the car and slammed me on the ground face first,” said Jones.
Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police. She spent more than 17 hours behind bars in Montgomery County. However, she claims the officer who arrested her fabricated the charges as a cover up for his abuse.
“I felt as if it were a life or death situation,” she said.
NBC10 made several attempts to contact East Coventry’s Chief of Police but our calls were not returned. NBC10 did however obtain a criminal complaint in which the officer claimed Jones struggled to stay inside her vehicle and pushed him away. The report also states that she bit the officer’s finger at one point. Jones has denied all of this however.
Ed Collins, who lives nearby where the alleged assault took place, says he heard Jones scream for help but was told by the officer to stay back as she sat on the ground, handcuffed.
“When we approached to see what was going on he told everybody to step away or we would be arrested too,” Collins said.
Jones hired a lawyer and plans to file a complaint against the police department. She also says she is trying to gain access to any dash cam video, which she claims will back up her story.