Crime

Cudjoe Key woman is more bark than bite during arrest

A Cudjoe Key woman was booked into jail on four felony counts of attacking a police officer following a pre-dawn traffic stop Wednesday.

Tammy L. Sattley, 49, is accused of kicking a Monroe County Sheriff's Office sergeant and trying to bite a deputy, an agency arrest report says.

"Tammy opened her mouth, bared her teeth and attempted to bite my right forearm," Deputy Austin Hopp wrote after the 12:49 a.m. incident near mile marker 23 on Cudjoe Key.

Sgt. Trevor Wirth stopped a 2009 Mercedes for careless driving. Galen F. Wright, 54, of Ramrod Key was at the wheel. Wright was charged after admitting that his driver's license has been suspended multiple times and is currently suspended, reports say.

Sattley, riding as a passenger, "appeared to be extremely intoxicated" and was unable to contact anyone to come get her, Hopp wrote. When the deputy tried to take Sattley into protective custody, she reportedly kicked the sergeant's leg.

En route to the jail, Hopp said, Sattley refused to remain seated. The deputy stopped the patrol car to secure her when she tried to bite him, he wrote.

Additional counts were filed for struggling with the deputy at the jail and for "digging her fingers into my leg" as he "placed Tammy onto the floor in a controlled manner."

Sattley was released from custody Wednesday afternoon.

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