California woman smacks cop to get jail time to help her quit her smoking habit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California woman who slapped a deputy to get arrested got her wish to go to jail in hopes she can quit smoking there.

Etta Mae Lopez pleaded no contest Thursday to smacking Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Matt Campoy earlier this week after he left the main jail at the end of his shift.

Campoy said Lopez, 31, slapped him in the face on Tuesday. He grabbed her and took her back inside the jail, where she slapped his arm as soon as he turned her loose.

Once she was safely handcuffed, the 5-foot 1-inch Lopez told Campoy she picked him because he was in uniform and she wanted to make sure she struck a law enforcement officer.

"She knew that the only way to quit smoking was to go to jail because they don't allow tobacco in the jail," Campoy told The Sacramento Bee. "She waited all day for a deputy to come out because she knew if she assaulted a deputy she would go to jail and be inside long enough to quit her smoking habit."

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery on a peace officer and was immediately sentenced to 63 days in jail, with credit for the three days she served this week, said Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman for the county District Attorney's Office. Lopez also was sentenced to five days for violating her probation from a 2010 drunken driving conviction.

Among the conditions included in her sentence: an order to have "no contact" with deputies.

Campoy said he tried to sidestep Lopez as he left the jail through the usual gathering of family members who linger outside the facility a few blocks from the state Capitol.

"I stepped to the left again and she suddenly stepped into me and slapped my face," he told the newspaper. "I've been telling everybody that I have a new Irish name: Nick O'Derm."

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