An Indianapolis woman apparently took Sunday’s celebration of Earth Day very seriously.
Andrea Jane Ginther, 44, told police that she was driving on Muncie’s south side on Sunday afternoon when she saw a woman “toss a piece of paper on the ground.”
Ginther said that she “does not take littering lightly,” and stopped to confront the alleged litterer.
When two city police officers arrived at Memorial Drive and Mulberry Street a few minutes later, they reported finding Ginther punching the other woman in the face.
Officer Matthew Hollans reported Ginther ignored officers’ demand that she stop fighting, and wouldn’t let go of the hair of her alleged victim – 23-year-old Mercadies Lanette Kirby of Muncie – when he and another patrolman tried to separate the women.
The Indianapolis resident then struggled with the officers as they tried to place handcuffs on her wrists, Hollans wrote.
Witnesses – one of them Kirby’s brother – said they saw Ginther pull her sport-utility vehicle to the side of the street near Kirby.
The two women exchanged angry words before Ginther left her vehicle and approached Kirby “in a hostile manner,” according to a nearby resident.
Ginther was arrested on preliminary charges of battery resulting in bodily injury, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
She was released from the Delaware County jail on Sunday night after posting a $6,000 bond.
Kirby – who told police that Ginther had tried to run her down with the SUV – was arrested on a preliminary charge of disorderly conduct. She was also released on Sunday night.
Both women refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the MPD report.
Court records reflect Ginther, a former Muncie resident, was convicted of fleeing law enforcement in Hancock County in 1999.
Kirby was convicted of disorderly conduct in Delaware County in 2006.