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59-year-old Pocatello woman facing multiple charges after allegedly battering police officer

January 26, 2019

POCATELLO — A 59-year-old woman is facing multiple charges in Bannock County.

Patricia L. Ferro has been charged with a felony for battery on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanors for driving under the influence and resisting and obstructing officers. The alleged crimes occurred on Wednesday, according to Bannock County Magistrate Court records.

Pocatello police say the incident began when they received a report of a vehicle driving without its headlights on. They stopped the vehicle on the 1200 block of Riley.

Police say Ferro was uncooperative during the incident and battered an officer, causing minor injuries. She was subsequently arrested and then charged with the felony and misdemeanors crimes.

Ferro appeared in front of Sixth Judicial Court Judge Paul Laggis on Thursday for an arraignment hearing via video conference from the Bannock County Jail.

During the hearing, Ferro’s Pocatello-based attorney Michael Neilsen told Laggis that the incident Ferro was involved in on Wednesday was likely a result of a change in her medication and that she has experienced mental health issues since her medication was switched.

Laggis ordered Ferro be released from jail on her own recognizance. She is due back in court for a pre-trial conference hearing on Feb. 7.

If convicted of the charges against her, Ferro could face up to five years in jail.

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