Springettsbury Twp. woman accused of fighting cops

Amber Conley

A drunk Springettsbury Township woman who refused to let go of her toddler son fought multiple police officers during the course of her arrest, according to police.

Springettsbury Township Police say Amber Lynne Conley, 36, continued to fight officers even after she was placed under arrest on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Conley, of the 3400 block of Eastern Boulevard, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, harassment, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

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Incident: Police responded to Barnhart's Hospitality Inn at 3201 E. Market St. just before noon Saturday for a report of a fight.

Charging documents state Conley was fighting with a man over her intoxication, and she became combative, striking him in the chest, arms and abdomen multiple times.

When officers arrived Conley, holding her son, was found standing in front of a car, and she told authorities she was leaving with him, according to police.

One of the officers asked her if she had been drinking, which she admitted to, officials said.

She had difficulty telling police what had happened between her and the man, and she told them she just wanted to go home, according to court documents.

Those documents state that police wouldn't let her drive, and Conley didn't have anyone to give her and her son a ride.

She became more agitated, police said, because officers would not allow her to drive home. Police also said she was unsteady and holding her son.

Arrest: Officers asked her to put her son down because she was under arrest for public intoxication, prompting her to scream, "You aren't taking my son," court documents state.

She continued to scream at the officers as she attempted to push through them, officials said.

One officer grabbed her wrist and told her to give her son to one of the other officers, which caused her to hold onto her son even tighter, according to police.

One of the officers managed to get take her son from her, and that officer handed the child off to another adult, court documents state.

When that officer returned from handing Conley's son over, Conley was fighting with two other officers, according to police.

She tried hitting one of them in the face, and one officer was able to get a handcuff on her while she was up against a car, officials said.

She pushed back from the car, fell backward on the ground and continued kicking, police said. Officers had to hold her arms and legs down until she calmed down, court documents state.

Once she was calmed down, officers attempted to stand her up to get into the police cruiser, according to police. She began yelling that she wasn't going anywhere, and she pushed against officers as they escorted her to the cruiser, police said.

When officers got her into the cruiser, she began kicking one of them with her boots, charging documents state. Police say she kicked one officer in the arms, chest and legs, causing bruising and brush burns.

Once Conley was in the car, Officer Jennifer Kennedy began taking her to the county's central booking for arraignment, and Conley began banging her head into the class separating the front and rear seats, police said.

When asked to stop, Conley told Kennedy to "shut up," and Conley said she didn't care anymore, officials said.

Kennedy stopped and had two other officers assist her in placing Conley in shackles, all while Conley kicked at them, according to authorities.

Police were not able to put a seat belt on her because she continued to hit her head on the glass, kick and spit, court documents state.

While at central booking she was aggressive and combative, and she continued to kick at both officers and deputies, police said. Court documents state that while at central booking Conley hit her head on the glass of a door in a holding room, and deputies had to place her into a chair where she could not hurt herself.

Conley was arraigned on the charges Oct. 6. She was sent to York County Prison on $2,500 bail. She does not have an attorney listed.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday at District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.'s office.

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