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Upper Arlington: Allegedly tipsy wine demonstrator arrested for assaulting store employees

A wine demonstrator who may have enjoyed a little too much of her product at a local grocery store was charged with assaulting two of the store's employees.

Upper Arlington police charged a 44-year-old Gahanna woman with assault, disorderly conduct and open container after she allegedly became abusive while hosting a wine demonstration at a store in the 1500 block of West Henderson Road at 2:35 p.m. June 15.

According to the report, the woman was at the store to conduct wine tastings, but allegedly became "very intoxicated" and began cursing at store employees. She then allegedly assaulted two female employees, ages 34 and 45.

Officers said they found an open container of alcohol that was not part of the woman's company demo.

During questioning, the woman became verbally abusive with the officers, police reports said. Police said she had to be "forced into the prone position on the ground in order to be taken into custody."

She was later released to a family member after posting a $260 bond.

In other recent Upper Arlington Police Division reports:

• A man living in the 4100 block of Chadbourne Drive reported someone placed approximately 20 roofing nails in the entry to his driveway between midnight and 8 p.m. June 15.

• Approximately $120 in cash was reported stolen from a home in the 1900 block of Cambridge Boulevard. Police reports said an unknown person entered the home between 11:30 p.m. June 13 and 12:25 p.m. June 14, took a woman's purse and dumped its contents on her front lawn after taking money from it.

• A welding device valued at $500, a planer valued at $500, a window valued at $500, propane heaters valued at $500, a circular saw valued at $100 and a hasp from a trailer valued at $100 were reported stolen from a trailer parked in the 2400 block of Abington Road between 9:30 p.m. June 10 and 8:30 a.m. June 11.

• Approximately $131 in coins were stolen from a home in the 2000 block of Inchcliff Road between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. June 8.

• An iPad valued at $600 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the lot of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 4081 Reed Road, between 4:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. June 12. A window to the vehicle was broken out to gain entry, police reports said.

• A 21-year-old Hilliard man was charged with wrongful influence of a minor, a marked lanes violation and speeding following a stop near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Cambridge Boulevard at 12:53 a.m. June 12. Additionally, a female juvenile, no age or address provided, was charged with violating curfew.

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