A Providence teacher caused a scene as officers attempted to remove her from Seven Moons restaurant in North Kingstown, racking up a bevy of charges.
Jane E. O'Connell, 49, of 203 Shirley Drive in Charlestown assaulted two officers during the incident that began at Seven Moons on Feb. 2 around 9 p.m. According to reports, police arrived at the restaurant after a patron called to report that an intoxicated woman had fallen off a stool at the bar and was incoherent and unable to speak. The concerned caller told police that restaurant staff refused to call for an ambulance, so she called 911 herself.
Officers entered the restaurant and were greeted by O'Connell who asked them what they wanted and began cursing at them. According to reports, she smelled of alcohol and had difficulty standing, holding on to bar stools to keep her balance.
While officers were trying to calm O'Connell down, another patron directed them to the woman who had fallen off the bar stool, who was O'Connell's friend. As officers tried to talk to the woman, O'Connell continued to yell and swear at officers.
Officers attempted to move her to another part of the bar, causing her to allegedly yell, "[Expletive] you, my brother's a cop." O'Connell continued to curse loudly throughout the restaurant, disturbing patrons (including children).
When officers tried to place her under arrest, she began to pull her arms away from them and spin her body and continued screaming. Outside, she continued to be "combative and cooperative," reports indicate, and refused to get into the police cruiser. Officers were finally able to get her into handcuffs after getting her on the ground. Police had to use two sets of handcuffs due to her size.
During the scuffle, she allegedly kicked an officer in the thigh. Once inside the cruiser, she began yelling, "I'm going to kill all you cops" while kicking the inside of the door.
O'Connell didn't settle down once she got to the police station. Officers had to pull her out of the cruiser after she refused to do so on her own. As they led her inside the building, O'Connell allegedly went limp and began to fall forward. One officer lunged forward to try to prevent her from striking the ground and ended up striking his head against a concrete wall. It was later determined that the officer sustained a concussion.
Police allegedly had to carry O'Connell into the building. She continued to be uncooperative during processing and during her arraignment. She was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
O'Connell faces two counts of simple assault, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of resisting arrest and one count of obstructing an officer in execution of duty.
O'Connell's friend, along with the injured officer, were both brought to the hospital for treatment.