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Police: Manheim Twp. woman, drunk, hit trooper

Jennifer Teresa Hanzlik
  • Police say a Manheim Township woman struck a trooper Saturday night.
  • She remains free on $20,000 bail.

A Manheim Township woman allegedly struck a state trooper when she was questioned about driving while intoxicated earlier that night, according to police.

Police say Jennifer Teresa Hanzlik drove drunk from a Dollar General on Saturday, and she became "argumentative and hostile" when two troopers confronted her about it at her home.

Hanzlik, 30, of 3407 Lakeview Drive, is charged with aggravated assault, DUI, obstructing administration of law, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Alleged incident: According to the state police, Hanzlik had called 911  about 11:15 p.m. Saturday from the Dollar General parking lot in Jefferson, saying that she and her husband had a dispute.

Hanzlik told police that she believed neither of them were "fit to drive," indicating that they were both intoxicated, police said.

At some point, Hanzlik's husband walked away from the parking lot, and a state constable encountered her, according to charging documents.

The constable reported to police Hanzlik was "extremely intoxicated and yelling" and that she drove away from the parking lot despite his efforts to keep her from doing so, police said.

 

Home visit: Two state police troopers went to Hanzlik's residence  about 11:45 p.m.

When they knocked on her door, she exited the residence, and the troopers began questioning her about driving a car while drunk, police said.

This caused her to become "argumentative and hostile," and police say she called 911 to report the two troopers, saying that they were harassing her.

Hanzlik tried entering the front door to go back into the residence, but a trooper prevented her from going inside, according to charging documents.

Hanzlik then hit that trooper in the side of his face with her cellphone, which was in her right hand, police said. 

Both troopers tried taking her into custody, which caused a struggle, court documents state. 

Once in custody, Hanzlik was taken to central booking for a blood draw, but she refused, police said, which caused them to obtain a warrant for it.

Police say even after she was presented the warrant, Hanzlik continued to refuse to take the blood test.

Hanzlik was arraigned on the charges Sunday morning, and District Judge Robert Eckenrode set bail  at $20,000, which she posted.

It is unclear if she has an attorney, and a phone number could not be found for her.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 3 at District Judge Thomas Reilly's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.