Seneca woman accused of assaulting officers

From staff reports

A Seneca woman is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, following incidents last week in Hanover Township, Washington County.

Hanover Township police say Rebecca Ann Babis, 32, assaulted officers while she was being processed for DUI on July 25. Police said Babis was intoxicated to the point of being unable to stand or walk without losing her balance.

A criminal complaint says police responded to a DUI in the parking lot of the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown around 9 p.m. July 25. KeyBank security staff observed a vehicle striking several orange traffic barrels, police said.

A concert featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson was taking place that night at KeyBank Pavilion.

The complaint described Babis as being argumentative and uncooperative while refusing to follow instructions.

At the Smith Township police station, she initially refused to submit to breath or blood tests to determine blood alcohol content, the complaint said. When asked to take a sip of water and spit it into an empty cup, she spit it at one of the officers, according to the complaint.

Babis was returned to the KeyBank parking lot to be transferred to the Fort Cherry Ambulance staff, who transported her to St. Clair Hospital in Mount Lebanon due to her suspected level of intoxication, the complaint said.

The complaint said she had to be physically restrained to the ambulance bed, during which time she kicked and struck officers.

At the request of the ambulance staff, a police officer rode along and described Babis as being argumentative but no longer physically combative. Upon arrival at the hospital, she was placed in the care of hospital nursing staff and police, the complaint said.

Babis has charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor count of DUI, three summary counts of harassment and one summary count each of careless driving and disorderly conduct. The charges were filed at the office of district judge Gary Havelka.