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Grandmother arrested in alleged punching of Sonora officer at school

Gladys Collins
Gladys Collins Sonora police

A woman was arrested in Sonora Tuesday at a school after allegedly punching an officer and driving under the influence with her grandson in the car.

Gladys Collins, 67, of Jamestown, Tuolumne County, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and driving under the influence.

Sonora police officers were dispatched to the neighborhood near Sonora Elementary School where a motorist reported being hit by a vehicle that then sped off, eventually turning into a campus parking lot after running a red light.

When an officer arrived at the campus, a silver hatchback driven by Collins was against a gate in a parking lot. Collins said she knew she had hit the gate, but was unaware of an earlier collision with a motorist, according to a police press release.

Collins’ three year old grandson was in the back seat.

The officer noted that Collins’ eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred, according to police. Suspecting she was under the influence, he asked for her car keys but Collins refused to hand them over.

An attempt to grab them from the ignition failed. She was then ordered to exit the car, but instead Collins started her car and placed it in gear.

The officer reached past Collins’ body and shoved the car in park as she pushed down on the gas.

Collins then is alleged to have punched the officer in the face. At that point Collins was pulled from the car by the officer and a bystander.

Collins was taken to the hospital when she complained of a medical condition. She was later released.

Police said several bottles of prescription medicine were in Collins’ purse. Some of them warned of drinking alcohol while taking the medication, police said.

The woman’s grandson was turned over to his grandfather.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews