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Drunken Driver Stopped for Tailgating Resisted Arrest, Cops Say

Oxford woman was speeding, driving recklessly before being pulled over, police report.

An Oxford Township woman was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and not complying with officers to surrender her hands for cuffing, Washington Township Police said.

Officer Scott Myers was patrolling Route 46 when he observed a vehicle speeding in the westbound lane at about 7 p.m. Friday, Lt. Mark Niemynski said. Myers then followed the vehicle and watched the driver tailgate another car as it turned onto East Avenue, Niemynski said.

Myers then stopped the vehicle, driven by Janine DiFiglia, 42, and conducted a field interview with the suspicion that she may be impaired, Niemynski said. Myers determined DiFiglia was impaired, and told the driver to turn around outside the vehicle and put her hands behind her back, Niemynski said.

During an attempt to cuff DiFiglia, the driver pulled her arms away and “would not comply with verbal commands,” Niemynski said. DiFiglia then attempted to tuck her arms under her body so Myers could not secure the handcuffs around her wrists, Niemynski said.

After a brief struggle, DiFiglia was ultimately handcuffed and secured into a patrol car, Niemynski said.

She was charged with resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit breath test, reckless driving, speeding, and tailgating.

For questions about this post, please email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

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