US woman hit cop to go to jail to quit smoking

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who slapped a police officer to get arrested got her wish to go to jail in hopes she can quit smoking there.

Etta Mae Lopez pleaded no contest Thursday to smacking Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Matt Campoy earlier this week after he left the main jail at the end of his shift.

Campoy tells The Sacramento that Lopez hit him and then told him it was intended to get his attention and hopefully help kick her habit because tobacco isn't allowed in jail.

Authorities say Lopez waited all day for a uniformed deputy to come out to ensure she struck a law enforcement officer.

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and got 63 days jail, with credit for the three days she served this week.

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