DUI Suspect Tells Cops She's "Glad" Firefighters Who Died in Yarnell Hill Fire Were White
A woman who was arrested in Gilbert informed a police officer that she was "glad" the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last month, because they were white.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, the woman, 58-year-old Merry Finley, also said that she is "happy when officers are hurt" -- and she was arrested for the second time that night for slamming a door into a cop.
Finley's encounter with police started around 10 p.m. on July 10, when she was pulled over near Warner Road and Gilbert Road on suspicion of driving under the influence after she was seen weaving on the road.
Police found a few indications of impairment and arrested her for DUI. While she was being processed at the police station, she became "extremely hostile" toward police, according to the documents.
She yelled at various officers there and added that she was "happy when officers are hurt," the documents state.
As a police officer was trying to release Finley into the lobby, Finley allegedly grabbed the door and slammed it into the officer.
"She struck me with the door directly after advising that she was glad that the 19 firefighters were killed in the fire because they were white," the reporting officer writes in a probable-cause statement.
Finley was then turned around and booked right back into jail, this time on a felony charge of assaulting a police officer.
Court documents indicate Finley has been arrested for assault "at least" four times.
Records also show that a 1999 charge of criminal damage was dismissed, but Finley was convicted in 1996 of "unlawful use of food stamps."
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