Archive for Saturday, July 7, 2007

Woman arrested in clash over dry lawn

July 7, 2007


— A 70-year-old woman who said she couldn't afford to water her brown, sickly lawn was briefly jailed Friday after refusing to accept a ticket for violating a city ordinance.

Betty Perry has not watered her lawn in a year, said Lt. Doug Edwards, a spokesman for Orem police.

When an officer knocked on Perry's door, she refused to identify herself or accept a citation for not watering the lawn, and said she wanted to call her son.

As the officer tried to take her hand, Perry tripped on the front step and cut the bridge of her nose. She rolled onto her stomach, putting her hands under her to foil the officer, Edwards said.

Perry was eventually handcuffed and taken to jail, where she spent more than an hour before officials decided custody was inappropriate.

The police officer who arrested Betty Perry was suspended.


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