RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ A woman who hit a police officer with a potful of hot grits pleaded guilty to an assault charge and was placed on probation and fined $100.

''It was a domestic disturbance,'' Assistant District Attorney Karl E. Knudsen said in court Wednesday, when Willa Jean Donaldson entered the plea. ''She was not out to injure the officer. He was kind of a gratuitous beneficiary for what she did.''

Officer R.L. Carroll was answering a report of a domestic dispute last June when the incident occurred. When Carroll arrived at the house, according to testimony, Billy Wayne Wise, 36, and Ms. Donaldson, 48, were arguing.

Ms. Donaldson held a pot of steaming grits. She lunged at Wise, who ducked, and the grits landed on Carroll, burning his chest and legs.

She originally was charged with attempting to maim, a felony, but the charge was reduced to assault on an officer, a misdemeanor.

Judge Edwin S. Preston Jr. sentenced Ms. Donaldson to three years' probation, fined her $100 and ordered her to repay the costs of her court- appointed lawyer.