Westminster woman charged with assault, resisting arrest

A Westminster woman has been charged with assault, intoxicated endangerment and resisting arrest following a June 30 altercation with several people at a home in Westminster.

Rachel Marie Palmisano, 27, of the 400 block of Poole Road, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count each of resisting arrest, intoxicated endangerment, obstructing and hindering a police officer and malicious destruction of property valued at around $1,000, according to electronic court records.

At 9:43 p.m. June 30, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an assault at a home on Carroll Park Court in Sykesville, according to charging documents.

Upon arrival, the deputies allegedly encountered a woman later identified as Palmisano “screaming unintelligible noises and being irate” while charging at the deputy in “a violent manner,” according to charging documents.

Palmisano allegedly initially refused to calm down and speak to police when asked, and admitted to having had “a lot” of tequila when questioned about the strong smell of alcohol on her breath, according to charging documents.

After momentarily agreeing to sit in a chair to speak with police, Palmisano allegedly began flailing her arms and legs, striking one of the deputies, and, after a struggle, police placed her hands in cuffs, her legs in shackles and her person under arrest.

Four witnesses at the home told police that an argument between one of the witnesses and Palmisano regarding the presence of the latter’s dog escalated into Palmisano physically assaulting another of the witnesses before destroying items inside the home, and police found the home’s basement to be covered in food, aluminum trays and broken glass, among other debris, according to charging documents.

After being placed under arrest, Palmisano allegedly refused to enter the police car, and after being physically placed in the back seat, screamed and attempted to kick out the window of the car, according to charging documents.

Palmisano was taken to Carroll County Central Booking and held until Monday, when she was released after posting a $1,000 bail, according to electronic court records. A trial has been scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 19 in Carroll County District Court.

A call placed to a number on record for Palmisano for comment on this story was answered by a woman who disconnected the call immediately and without comment.

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