A Kennewick woman allegedly was combative with police, an emergency room nurse and a corrections officer after being taken to a Richland counseling center for making suicidal statements in front of her kids.
Tawny Lynn Scully, 35, has pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to three counts of third-degree assault and one count of custodial assault. The trial is scheduled Sept. 15.
Richland officers were called to Lourdes Counseling Center on July 27 for reports of a woman near the loading dock who was trying to assault staff members.
Officer Ron Schneider arrived to find Scully sitting on the ground near the facility's back door, where other patients were entering. Scully's mother and a staff member were with her.
Scully's mother explained that she drove her daughter to the center because Scully made statements that had frightened her children, court documents said. However, once they arrived Scully started screaming at staff, the mother said.
Schneider tried to talk to Scully as she sat outside, but she reportedly responded with multiple expletives. Schneider then contacted the Benton-Franklin Crisis Response Unit.
Meanwhile, Officer Alex Hesla got to the counseling center and tried to get Scully to move, but she looked at the officer, asked "Do you want to fight?" and refused to stand up, documents said.
Hesla then pulled Scully up by grabbing her right bicep and walked her to Schneider's patrol car. Scully yelled at the officers to let go of her arm and kicked Hesla above his right knee, which led to her arrest for assault, court documents said.
Schneider drove Scully to a Tri-City hospital to be checked out because she appeared to be intoxicated and had suffered an injury on her chin while resisting the officers. She kicked Schneider in the left knee as they were headed toward the emergency room doors, and repeated the move after he told her not to, documents said.
Scully then allegedly kicked nurse Remington Lemon in the left arm as she entered the emergency room.
Once she was medically cleared, Scully reportedly tried to head butt a third officer who was taking pictures of her injuries. She resisted officers' efforts to get her back into the patrol car until Schneider threatened to use a Taser, court documents said.
Scully again yelled obscenities as she was being driven to the Benton County jail and said she would fight everyone there, documents said. She screamed as authorities tried to get her out of the car, and allegedly kicked Corrections Officer Gordon McMaster in the right leg as he escorted her into the jail.