Viola woman's actions result in arrest
A Viola woman attacked a Salem officer who arrested her for DWI Dec. 22, according to authorities.
Officer Mark Long said Martha Grootonk, 50, attempted to choke him as he was transporting her to the Izard County Detention Center.
Long said the incident began when he was called to a residence on Young Road at approximately 4:16 a.m.
Grootonk, who Long said has multiple prior offenses, was in front of the Mike Young residence being loud and unruly. "She was repeatedly blowing her car horn," Long said. "She was belligerent -- it was clear she was intoxicated."
Long placed Grootonk under arrest for DWI. "Then she decided she wanted to fight," he said.
Long said as he attempted to handcuff her, Grootonk became aggressive. Long said that because Grootonk would not cooperate, he was unable to secure the handcuffs behind her back, so he handcuffed Grootonk with her arms in front.
Because the Fulton County Jail is not equipped to house female inmates, Long began transporting Grootonk to the Izard County facility.
Long said Grootonk grew increasingly disruptive as he drove. In addition to being aggressive, Grootonk cursed and made obscene gestures, he said.
"As I was driving past the cemetery, she suddenly screamed, so I looked up into my rearview mirror," Long said. "As I raised my head, that's when she managed to get her arms around my neck."
"My natural reaction was to hit the brakes. The car went 35 to 40 feet before it stopped," Long said.
Despite this, Long said he managed to stop the vehicle and free himself without injuring himself or Grootonk.
In addition to the original DWI, Grootonk was charged with disorderly conduct, refusal to submit to arrest, driving on a suspended license (for a prior DWI), failure to pay registration and aggravated assault.
She was released from the Izard County Detention Center after posting bond and given a Jan. 16 court date.