Woman claims seizure, not intoxication, in Pismo Beach arrest
November 19, 2014
A Grover Beach woman has taken to crowdfunding to prove her innocence and convince live an online audiences that Pismo Beach police wrongfully arrested and assaulted her. [Tribune]
Andrea Nicole Hansen, 32, says officers mistook her suffering several seizures for public intoxication on the night of Oct. 11. Police arrested her public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer, each of which are misdemeanor charges.
Hansen claims she started having seizures that night after leaving a Pismo Beach restaurant and pub. When she regained consciousness, she called 911 for medical help.
However, officers arrived instead of an ambulance, and they mistook her for being intoxicated when she acted disoriented and slurred her words, Hansen says. During the arrest, she suffered a sprained ankle and wrists and cuts and bruises all over her body.
Hansen also began convulsing in a county jail cell because she could not use her prescription medication for several hours while she was in custody, she claims.
Hansen’s account of the arrest is detailed on a fundraising webpage on the site GoFundMe.com. She has already raised nearly $3,000 from the web campaign to use toward her legal fees.
Hansen has retained attorney David Vogel, and regardless of the outcome of her criminal case, she could pursue a lawsuit against the Pismo Beach Police Department.
Police deny Hanen’s allegations and say they have body camera footage proving their account of the arrest is accurate. In turn, Hansen says she has cell phone footage showing officers refusing to call for medical help.
Hansen pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges earlier this month. She is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Thursday.