Woman accused of punching Burlington police officer in the face

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Reginnaria Turner

BURLINGTON, N.C. – A woman is accused of punching a Burlington police officer in the face and scratching an EMS worker’s arm.

Reginnaria Turner, 18, faces charges after Burlington police responded to a home at 908 Grace Avenue at about 9 p.m. Thursday.

Police were called in reference to a domestic dispute and the responding officer, Officer Topete, tried to detain the suspect during the course of the investigation, according to authorities.

The suspect allegedly punched the officer in the face and pulled his hair. Officer Topete was treated and released from Alamance Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody with the assistance of other officers. She was also taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center.

While being transported to the Burlington Police Department, the suspect became unresponsive and EMS was called to evaluate her. Authorities believe she was faking her illness.

During her treatment, the suspect is accused of assaulting an EMS worker by grabbing and scratching his arm.

Turner has been charged with one count of resist/delay/obstruct and two counts of assault on a government official. She was jailed in Alamance County under a $5,000 secured bond.