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Punching, kicking and screaming: Woman fights Old Bridge cop

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OLD BRIDGE  — A woman seen in a video attacking a cop during a traffic stop on Tuesday has been charged with assault on a police officer.

Township police Capt. Steven Daroci said an officer pulled over Francesca Minickene, 21, of South River, in the parking lot of the Circle Manner shopping center off Route 516. The officer asked Minickene to step out of her car after learning she had a suspended and expired license. Minickene refused to get out of the car and punched the officer, police said.

Minickene was charged with assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, obstruction of administration of law and resisting arrest.  She also faces violations of careless driving, driving while suspended and having an expired driver’s license.

The video, taken from another parked car, shows the the officer standing at Minickene driver’s door with her marked vehicle parked behind.

“You’re not f—-ing arresting me for no reason,” Minickene shouts at the officer.

“I told you why I’m arresting you,” the officer responds.

Minickene stands up and screams at the officer and punches her. The two then strike each other as the officer orders her to “get in the f—ing car.”

Minickene calls out to other people: “I’m being assaulted over here.”

The officer again orders Minickene out of the car and tries to pull her.

“I’m not f—ing getting out. I’m not getting out,” Minickene screams.

Minickene and the officer then argue about who hit first.

“Please! She’s beating me up,” Minickene yells as a van pulls next to the car. A man gets out of the van and watches with his hands in his pockets.  He walks toward the car but does not get involved.

At least eight officers walk toward Minickene’s car. The original officer and a second male officer tell Minickene to get on the ground and move her along the pavement as she screams. Cuffs can be heard being put on the woman as Minickene cries.

The officer was treated for bruises to her face and released from the hospital. She remains on duty.

New Jersey 101.5 did not know Wednesday whether Minickene had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

To contact an editor about this story, email New Jersey 101.5 Deputy Digital Editor Sergio Bichao at

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