Woman accused of assaulting officer

A Kihei woman was arrested for punching and kicking a police officer who had tried to assist her when she was found lying partially on the roadway on South Kihei Road on Monday night, police said.

Bail was set at $2,300 for Meriam Palik, 23. She was charged with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, third-degree criminal property damage, disorderly conduct and unsworn falsification.

At 8:58 p.m. Monday, a Kihei patrol officer saw Palik talking on her cellphone while lying halfway on the road and halfway on the sidewalk on South Kihei Road near Hoonani Street, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. When the officer asked if she needed assistance, Palik became belligerent, saying she didn’t want the officer to call a taxi or family member for her, Rego said.

He said Palik began walking on the road and was nearly hit by a car. The officer again stopped her, and she again said she didn’t want police assistance, Rego said.

He said Palik, who appeared to be intoxicated, tried to walk away but was stumbling. When the officer tried to talk to her again, Palik became combative and began kicking and screaming, Rego said.

He said the officer had grabbed Palik’s arm to help her up when she pulled away and punched him in the arm. After being handcuffed and taken to a police car, she kicked the door, causing a large dent, Rego said. He said she kicked the officer as she was being placed in the back of the police car, causing a small laceration to the officer’s forearm and wrist. The officer also complained of pain to his chest.