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Public defender charged with drunken assault at SFO
March 20, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Monica Jenkins

A Los Angeles public defender too inebriated to board a plane at San Francisco International Airport berated and assaulted officers, demanded to be taken to jail and asked them for cocaine and marijuana before trying to bite a nurse at the jail, according to prosecutors who charged her with five misdemeanors.

On Tuesday, Monica Marie Jenkins, 37, was determined by airline staff to be too intoxicated to board a plane to Los Angeles but refused to accept any offered solutions like sobering up and waiting for a later flight, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

As officers tried escorting Jenkins from the gate, she said she’d “rather be in jail,” threatened to sue every officer present and sang “1, 2 ,3, 4, 5 o’clock rock,” Wagstaffe said.

She tried to kick one officer, used profanities and after briefly thanking them inside the patrol car for saving her expensive purse demanded “give me some cocaine,” Wagstaffe said.

She also threatened “I’m going to beat your f— a—. Wanna smoke some weed?” and told one officer “Homegirl, give me something to sip on,” Wagstaffe read from the report.

Jenkins was booked into the women’s jail where she reported tried biting a nurse.

Jenkins, who is listed by the state Bar as working for the Office of the Public Defender in Los Angeles, was appointed her own public defender at Wednesday’s arraignment on five misdemeanors.

She pleaded not guilty to assault on an officer, battery on an officer, resisting arrest, assault and being drunk in public. She was released on her own recognizance and scheduled for a July 14 jury trial.


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