An Omaha woman is facing charges of assaulting a police officer after she struck the officer in the face while being detained.
According to police reports, an officer was called to a disturbance at Saddle Creek Road and Nicholas around 2:30 last Saturday morning.
On arrival, the officer noticed a 2005 grey Saturn Vue stopped in the right northbound lane on Saddle Creek.
The officer also noticed a man, later identified as 28-year-old Lamarcus Watson, arguing with a female sitting in the SUV's driver's seat.
The officer stated the woman had blood on her upper lip area and red, blood shot eyes.
The officer told the woman, 23-year-old Nijah Tyler to get out of the SUV.
She refused, saying “I'm not getting out. What are you going to do?”
Around that time, a two-officer back up cruiser arrived and the three officers tried to get Tyler out of the SUV. When officers tried to grab her arms, the report states Tyler pulled her arms back and tried to punch an officer.
Tyler swung again, eventually struck Officer John Gruidel twice in the face, according to the report. She was taken into custody by the three officers.
Officer Gruidel reported pain in his jaw and nose.
Tyler was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, DUI and obstructing traffic.
Watson was charged with obstructing a police officer and no valid registration.