Police: Kouts woman kicked officers in groin, head during DUI arrest

2014-01-07T17:30:00Z 2014-01-07T22:23:11Z Police: Kouts woman kicked officers in groin, head during DUI arrestJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

KOUTS | A Kouts woman is facing multiple charges after police said she  crashed her car while drunk and fought with police when they tried to arrest her.

Donna Dankoff, 58, of Kouts, was arrested by Porter County sheriff's police and charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated, battery, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and leaving the scene of a crash early Friday morning.

At 4:43 a.m., police responded to a call from the county highway department at Baum's Bridge Road and County Road 150 East regarding an abandoned car damaged from striking a street sign at the intersection.

Police tracked down the owner, Dankoff, who lived about 50 yards from the scene.

When police knocked on her door, her husband answered and allegedly told police she had been intoxicated and crashed the car, a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, some hours before and was now in bed.

Donna Dankoff refused to come to the door, so police entered her bedroom to speak to her.

She reportedly told police, using an expletive, to leave her alone. She continued to yell at police, pushing one to leave her room. Dankoff was placed under arrest and continued to resist police, kicking one in the groin. She allegedly continued to resist, kicking at police and becoming "dead weight" when they tried to walk her outside. Inside the police vehicle, she kicked several items, damaging a laptop.

While being driven to the Porter County Jail, Dankoff continued kicking inside the car, police said. When the officer stopped in an effort to restrain her, she kicked the officer in the forehead.

Dankoff measured a blood-alcohol concentration of .36, more than four times the legal limit. She was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation.

There, according to the report, Dankoff continued to fight with doctors and attempted to kick one nurse and bite another.

Once medically cleared, she was transported back to the jail.

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