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Greensburg officer kicked in forehead, woman charged

| Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

A Grapeville woman was arrested on numerous charges after she allegedly kicked a police officer in the forehead as he responded to a fire alarm.

Greensburg police responded to the 12:42 a.m. alarm at an apartment on Pittsburgh Street Saturday. They could smell smoke coming from the apartment, which was locked. No one answered their knock at the door, so officers used a butter knife borrowed from another apartment to open the lock, according to an affidavit filed by police.

Officers found something plastic burning in a toaster oven and a woman passed out on the floor.

Brittany Kruel, 20, entered the apartment while police were attending to the woman. Kruel began screaming and appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said.

Kruel was arrested for public drunkenness, but tried to get away from officers and fell down the steps to the apartment, police said. She had to be carried down the steps and attempted to kick officers. As she was placed in the back of a police car she kicked at the windows and kicked an officer in the forehead as he attempted to put on her seat belt, the affidavit said.

Kruel was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and purchase of alcohol by a minor.

She will appear for a preliminary hearing before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

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