May 10, 2013 3:40 pm

Hard to quit? U.S. woman slaps police officer, hoping jail will kick smoking habit

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Dave Martin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California woman who slapped a police officer to get arrested got her wish to go to jail in hopes she can quit smoking there.

Etta Mae Lopez pleaded no contest Thursday to smacking Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Matt Campoy earlier this week after he left the main jail at the end of his shift.

Campoy tells The Sacramento that Lopez hit him and then told him it was intended to get his attention and hopefully help kick her habit because tobacco isn’t allowed in jail.

Authorities say Lopez waited all day for a uniformed deputy to come out to ensure she struck a law enforcement officer.

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanour battery and got 63 days jail, with credit for the three days she served this week.

© The Associated Press, 2013

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