Woman claims seizure, not intoxication, in Pismo Beach arrest

November 19, 2014

2375944_1414516925.7577A 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.



  1. MaryMalone says:

    Ted! You’re back!

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  2. kayaknut says:

    Should be easy to prove, was her BAC checked?

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    • topper01 says:

      BAC is not normally check for public intoxication, only for driving under the influence where a specific percentage is required for presumption. Let’s ask the bartender.

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  3. willieslo says:

    This is a 100% legitimate Civil Claim.
    Unfortunate for her that she needs an attorney who is going to suck up half of what she is entitled to.

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    • Stunned says:

      Willieslo….you’re basing your claim of “legitimate Civil Claim” on what my friend? Just curious.

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      • willieslo says:

        Stunned says: 11/19/2014 at 5:12 pm
        Willieslo….you’re basing your claim of “legitimate Civil Claim” on what my friend? Just curious.

        Based on this hearsay report for now, I got nothing else to go by for now.
        Also if the posted photo is the girl, she is a fox!

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  4. Ted Slanders says:

    “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

    Andrea Nicole Hansen’s unfortunate situation looks as though she was possessed by Satan, therefore she can’t be held responsible for this ungodly act. Her apparent demonic possession can make her unreasonable or immune to sensible persuasion. (Mark 5:4) As we true Christians know, our bible warns believers to “resist the Devil” (James 4:7) and “neither give place to the Devil” (Eph. 4:27)

    Seemingly, Andrea therefore needs a good old fashioned exorcism! A true Christian friend of hers should intervene and cast out what seems to be the devil within her. This can be accomplished if they truly believe in Jesus, and if they don’t truly believe, then it’s her Christian friends that are at fault in allowing her to be continually possessed. Sad.

    “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. AND THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO BELIEVE: IN MY NAME THEY WILL CAST OUT DEMONS; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:16-18)

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