ASU professor accused of kicking police officer

TEMPE, AZ - An Arizona State University professor is facing an aggravated assault charge for allegedly kicking a school police officer who was trying to arrest her.

ASU police say the professor was walking in the middle of a Tempe street near campus on May 20.

Court records show she refused to provide her driver's license to a university police officer and was warned she would be taken into custody if she didn't comply.

Police say she allegedly kicked the officer in the shin after she was finally handcuffed and an ASU police vehicle was damaged during the scuffle.

They say the professor was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and several misdemeanors.

Authorities say she is an English professor at ASU. It was unclear Thursday if she has lawyer yet for her case.

ABC15 is not identifying the suspect because she has not been formally charged.

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