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11/19/2011 9:50:00 PM
Prescott woman arrested after reportedly driving on curb, kneeing officer in groin
Michelle Elise Watson
Michelle Elise Watson
The Daily Courier


Prescott police arrested Michelle Elise Watson, 24, of Prescott Thursday after witnesses told officers they saw her drive in the middle of Grove Avenue, then hit a curb and drive on the sidewalk before entering the Granite Street parking garage.

Watson refused to take field sobriety tests and pushed an officer in the chest, according to the police report. The officer took her to the ground where she resisted arrest. Another officer came to assist and Watson kneed him in the groin as she was being handcuffed, cursed at the officers, and kicked the rear of a patrol car, according to the police report.

Back at the police station, Watson blew a 0.235 breath alcohol concentration.

Watson was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and DUI-super extreme, among other charges.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 02, 2011
Article comment by: smart donkey

original comment:

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comment by: Chris Key

Alan Whitney,

Only 50 kg of force is required to rupture the tunica albuginea.

A knee from a petite woman can generate that sort of face.
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50kg is a mass, not a force. Your statement has 0 significance. Just saying.


Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011
Article comment by: Wonder how many charged

It's the Monday after a holiday weekend. Usually, police get grant money to do saturation patrols around the holidays. How many DUI's did they take off the road? Maybe you could explain the DUI, Extreme DUI and Super Extreme DUI (and why doesn't a Super Extreme DUI or repeat DUI result in mandatory jail time)? I'm sitting here talking to a co-worker who was hit by a drunk driver recently. I wonder how light the courts are on these drunk drivers around here, especially cases where the driver has multiple DUI's, suspended or revoked license? Apparently, the rule around here is to plea them down to misdemeanors, slap them on the hands, re-suspend their licenses, and let them go to do it again. They only get time if they kill someone. What about the Courier doing some great investigative work on the DUI lifestyle around here?

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011
Article comment by: Chris Key

Alan Whitney,

Only 50 kg of force is required to rupture the tunica albuginea.

A knee from a petite woman can generate that sort of face.

Therefore, I do not questioning the charges.

Can I ask you a couple of questions?

Did you handle domestic disputes while you were a cop?

If so, then on what basis would you make an arrest?

It sounds like you'd do nothing if a woman kicked her partner in the testicles, but would throw the book at the man if he pushed her to the floor.


Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011
Article comment by: Corey Haas

Well, her mugshot has managed to make it all the way to the Huffington Post. What a way to make a spectacle out of herself.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Courteous Vigilance

Alan, please, you're embarassing us.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Ded R...

Great post. But my thrust is that the price is paid by society as a whole. Not so much by the individual.

Clearly, the deviant can choose not to abide by the law, although he will likely pay another kind of price.

I simply believe that nothing is without a cost, of some kind.


Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Humility is a Virtue

Tricia Cable - We'd all be a little more impressed with your accomplishments if you were just a little less self-impressed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: deductive reasoning

Mr Whitney, you can frame the issue that way if you like, but it's not the only way. For example, you are assuming that in a state of nature, you would have perfect freedom to do anything you want. Therefore any law that is passed restricts your freedom in some way, because it subtracts at least one thing from the limitless possibilities you had before the law.

You could look at it another way, and figure that without laws, the strong would simply feed on the weak and there would be nothing to stop them, and so unless you were the very strongest, you would end up being someone else's slave with no freedom whatsoever. In this case, every law that abridges the freedom of your oppressors would expand your own.

It's interesting how different people frame this issue, and it says an awful lot about their expectations of the world. Bottom line there are many theories of law and social order out there, the version of the "social contract" that you propose is only one of them. I think it is better to be able to see an issue from a few sides rather than just one.


Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Tricia C.

Wow, my initial comment & message was that no matter how far down you've gone you can still pick your life back up & choose to succeed. What was your message Craigers Z? What was your point? You fail to have one other than being nasty. Good luck w/ that as scarce as jobs are & as many people having degrees that won't pay the rent, attitude is everything & that attitude isn't going to do much for you or anyone else in society. I feel sorry for you.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Oxymoron comment! Rodent King

It's sounds like your the liberal.
You are criticizing others for their liberal comments.
You state, and I quote: "Why should a person go to jail for having 2 beers"
Her BAC was .235, thats 3 times over the limit!!!
There is no way 2 beers saturates your blood to a .235 BAC even if your only 100 pounds.
She proved she was a danger to all and herself!
I hope you made those comments to get a comical reaction. If not, that's scary!
What's more dangerous than a drunk driver?
A liberal making comments, or at the voting booth!


Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Dear College Student,

My reasoning is beyond reproach.

By belonging to an ordered society, we each agree to it's customs and requirements. In other words, we enter into a contract with the society. We trade individual freedom for safety and other benefits we derive from being a member. Further, we agree to benefit society, by performing some useful thing from which the society benefits.

Everything is a transaction a contract. Quid pro quo. Everything.

Therefore, it's perfectly spurious logic to say that it you happen to agree with a particular law, it was not paid for with a bit of freedom.

Take this exchange to one of your professors, and see if he does not agree.



Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: La Daba

There is a silver lining to every cloud, for it seems like the suspect knows how to work the camera in her mug shot. Let's hope the Courier runs this picture as often as they ran with Dawn Castaneda's.

Cannot say I have read all the letters below, but wanted to mention that I just noticed this missing bench in Granite Creek Park.



Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: rodent king

For all you crying liberals out there..Why don't you protest closing Whiskey Row.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: rodent king

They didn't have to throw her to the ground. If the officer couldn't restrain her easily he should be working in another field.
Arizona DUI's are ridiculously strict and should be revamped. Why should a person have to go jail for having 2 beers.
It's just a way for payoffs to the judges by the prisons and the politicians robbing the taxpayers.


Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Tricia C.

Also @ Craigerz, many others would scoff at your Masters in BS from a party school like ASU (I'm guessing, but once again I'd put $ on it) and would find it as laughable as you find mine. It doesn't take away from how hard you worked on it. But hey congratulations on adding nothing to the story.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: Tricia C.

@ Craigers, I have 4 in 2 years and am transferring to NAU next year, try doing all of that and raising a child alone w/o transportation or support from your family in addition to volunteering in my community.Also no not all 3 were at a community college, one was at a technical college where I put in 1600 hours. Good for you and your Masters in BS (I'd put money on it.)

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Article comment by: College Student

To Mr. Whitney,

I am sorry, but you said in your comment that "every law is bought with a little freedom". When you say "every" your statement becomes a blanket indictment of all laws. Mr. Patrick was just pointing out to you the flaw in your reasoning.

While I agree there are many frivolous laws on the books, to say that we lose our freedoms by every law that is passed seems a bit extreme.

To make my point, there is a law in the Arizona Revised Statues (A.R.S. 25-511) that makes it a class 6 felony if a person knowingly fails to furnish reasonable support for their minor child. I never intent to break this law, so how does its being on the books somehow steal freedom from me, or are you saying that I should have the freedom to not provide for my children if I so choose?

This is where Mr. Patrick, Courteous Vigilance, and myself are a bit confused by your comment.

P.S. You asked Craigers Z: "What compels you to be mean?" then turn around and are mean yourself, why?


Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Dear Courteous Vigilance and Gus Patrick,

Oh, my!

CV. "Your comments continue to belie the claim that you used to be a police officer."

You have me my life is not but an illusion! Clever of you to have found me out!

SAY! You aren't a cop, ARE YOU???

And, Dear Gus. Please... TRY to peer through the mist of your delusions. I KNOW you can do it, if only you try!

Meanwhile, both of you might want to consider a move to a place where the police rise to your expectations. Say Russia, China, Cuba, or Iran. You'd feel so SAFE!



Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Major Tom

My cousin had very similar charges in mojave county in 2001 and got 2 years in prison.
The only difference he had evading, rather than resisting, and didn't kick the patrol car..
Total fines were over 10 thousand.
Lost his license for 5 years.
Probation when he got out.
Was almost uninsurable for auto insurance.
After he got auto insurance he paid a fortune.
Couldn't get any job requiring a drivers background check, and before his charges he worked for a parcel company. Ouch!
He wishes he could rewind time.
Remember, "Actions speak louder than words"



Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Sir Robert Peel

I'm grateful to the officer/s who took her off the street. They did an excellent job in helping to protect us all. That said, I'm disappointed in the professionalism of the officer who took this photo and allowed it to be used as her official booking photo. Yes, it's great for a laugh, but she should have remained in custody until they were able to take an appropriate photo. Now, let's hope the prosecution/court system properly does its part.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Courteous Vigilance

TO: Alan Whitney - Your comments continue to belie the claim that you used to be a police officer. I realize that chasing taillights is not the same as being a "real" police officer, but even DPS officers get some real police training. I guess it just didn't take...

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Gus Patrick

@ Alan Whitney

"In my view, every law is bought with a little freedom. We aught not squander the freedom, for if we do, we'll find ourselves broke, one day"

So Alan, are you saying we should repeal the laws so that you can have the freedom to commit murder, the freedom to commit rape, the freedom to abuse children, the freedom to abuse your spouse (I know these are extreme examples, but you do get the point)? No law limits your freedom Alan, what they do is limit your ability to make your "freedoms" more important than mine or anyone else.

Again, laws are not made to stop the responsible citizen from living their life, it is to stop those in our society that choose to pursue their own "freedoms" at the expense of others.

And yes Alan, I call a kick to the groin, even from a "petite female", of a police officer a felony. But I guess you don't consider that a hard strike or squeeze can cause the testicle to rupture, potentially sterilizing the victim, as an assault.

Alan, it just seems from your comments that you want everyone to have the freedom to do whatever they want, but not have to face the responsibility of being accountable for abusing those freedoms.


Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Craigers Z...

What compels you to be mean?

Her four degrees, wherever they came from trump my high school diploma, and I'll bet I get at least as much mileage out of my education as you do, with whatever you have...


Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Craigers Z

@ Tricia C - 4 degrees? Really? All at a community college? Wow.
Try getting your Masters in 2.


Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Dear Tricia C.

Well, if you REALLY want to come over while you're drunk... maybe we can work something out.

But while we're working out the details, here are some points to ponder:

Should the law be our master, or our servant? Should the law be the tool of the police? Or, should the police be the tool of the law?

I have never seen Ms. Watson, but she looks sort of petite. Therefore, can we really consider her a threat to a police officer, especially with a BAC north of .20? Did she not assault the officers AUTHORITY more than the officer, personally? I think so.

Her crime should not have been treated as a felony.

In my view, every law is bought with a little freedom. We aught not squander the freedom, for if we do, we'll find ourselves broke, one day.

So, please stop putting personalities into the equation, and try to consider "The Big Picture."

Meanwhile, my address is...




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