Scottdale woman given probation after spitting on police officer
A Scottdale woman, who prosecutors said told a police officer that she “prayed you get shot tonight” during her arrest, was sentenced Tuesday to serve six months on probation.
Elizabeth Cramer, 33, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count related to the Oct. 16 incident at Greensburg City Hall. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a more serious charge of aggravated assault by a prisoner and a count of public drunkenness.
In court documents, Greensburg police officer Garret McNamara said he initially took Cramer into custody because she appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he was called to a South Maple Avenue home.
The officer said he told Cramer she would need to spend the night in jail to sober up. He reported she became unruly as he attempted to place her in a holding cell and spit on him.
Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Feliciani said he was initially troubled by the plea bargain but agreed to approve it because McNamara signed off on the deal.
“There is no excuse for your behavior,” the judge told Cramer.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .