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Allegedly intoxicated woman accused of striking 71-year-old

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By The Staff

An intoxicated woman was arrested after she hit a 71-year-old man with a glass last week, state police said.

Patricia Y. Sanchez, 49, 1222 Sixth St., was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, using a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the 71-year-old man told officers that he was at his house in the early morning hours of Friday when he got into a dispute with Sanchez.

She poured a glass of liquor, but the man told her that he didn’t want her to drink all that was in the glass. He tried to take the glass away from her, causing her to become angry, police said. She allegedly struck the man in the face with a glass.

The man said Sanchez wanted to leave the house, so he helped her collect her personal belongings, according to the complaint. As she was departing, she yelled that the man had assaulted her.

Police said she later went to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where she claimed she had been kidnapped by the man two weeks before. But then she changed her story to say that wasn’t the case.

State police officer Marvin Lujan said in his report that during his interview with Sanchez, she would often become angry.

“(She) was reluctant to answer my questions. Ms. Sanchez appeared to be intoxicated,” the officer wrote.

She didn’t want to say how much alcohol she had consumed at first, but she finally told the officer that she had a beer the previous day, according to the complaint. The officer said he doubted that she had just one beer because she wouldn’t still have an alcohol scent on her breath.

Sanchez has been convicted of four DWIs over the years, according to online court records.