LOWELL -- As shoveling weariness rises with snow-fall totals, a 49-year-old Dracut woman is accused of assaulting a police officer in a dispute that was triggered after she repeatedly refused to move her snow-bound car for a plow.
After Teries S. Isckarus, of 141 Thissell Ave., unit 24, finally agreed to move her car during the Monday afternoon incident, the officer discovered the car was not registered. When the officer tried to remove the plates, Isckarus allegedly grabbed his wrist to stop him and struggled while being arrested, according to court documents.
In Lowell District Court on Wednesday, Isckarus, who was summonsed into court, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Judge Thomas Brennan released her on personal recognize, but when he offered to appoint a defense attorney to represent her she continually refused saying she would represent herself. Brennan gave Isckarus the option of accepting a court-appointed attorney at a later date.
According to court documents, Dracut police were called to the Thissell Avenue condo complex by Isckarus, the mother of three children, who claimed the condo association was threatening her by requesting she move her snow-encrusted car so the maintenance department could plow.
The officer noticed the snow and ice around her car was unsafe. Speaking to her inside her home, the officer told her if she refused, he would have the vehicle towed and she would pay the cost.
When the officer went outside with Isckarus following, she slipped and fell on the snow and ice surrounding her car. After helping her up, the officer was notified that the car's registration was revoked for insurance reasons. Isckarus insisted she had paperwork inside that would show her car was legally registered.
As the officer used a screwdriver to remove the license plates, Isckarus allegedly grabbed the officer's wrist and pulled it away from the plate, police allege. She was told to move away, but she continued to move toward the officer, police allege.
At one point, police say Isckarus yelled to her children to "come out here and cry," police allege. Police asked her children to retrieve from the house the paperwork, which they did, but it didn't prevent Isckarus from being arrested.
Her next court date is March 24 for a pretrial conference.
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