Ventura woman arrested for beating officer with big stick

April 24, 2017

Tavia Johnson

A woman with a four-foot stick interrupted a traffic stop in Ventura on Saturday and attacked an officer. Despite coming in the line of fire of a Taser, the woman managed to strike the officer with the stick before getting arrested.

At about 11:20 p.m., a Ventura police officer conducted a traffic stop on California Street north of Thompson Boulevard. During the traffic stop, Tavia Johnson, 40, approached from across the street, shouted and waved a four-foot-long stick in a threatening manner, according to the Ventura Police Department.

Johnson then turned on the officer, swinging the stick in an attempt to strike him. The officer deployed his Taser, and Johnson fled north on California Street.

The officer chased after Johnson and attempted to take her into custody. But, Johnson struck him with the stick. Still, the officer managed to subdue Johnson.

When other officers arrived, police arrested the woman and transported her to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The officer whom Johnson attack, too, sustained a minor injury.

After getting medically cleared, Johnson was booked into the Ventura County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and felony resisting arrest.

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Whatever she did to the Officer, there was no reason for them to do all that damage to her face! Yikes!

“Hold my beer…..”

Perhaps is was her ugly stick….baba boom


“I am uncertain how WW III will be fought, but WW IV will be fought with sticks and stones”

~~ Albert Einstein~~

Cowabunga! Clearly he responded by beating her with the ugly stick!

As an aside, I am curious what happened with the person stopped for a traffic violation? Does one just “wait it out” for the officer to come back, or just leave, figuring they now have some REAL police work to do (vs. the typical harassment of traffic “violations”)?

Wonder what her drug of choice. Such an upstanding citizen trolling the streets at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night looking for a little action.

Walk tall and carry a big stick…just don’t swing it at a cop.