Crime & Justice

Woman punched by patrol officer detained on same LA freeway

In this July 1, 2014 image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles Marlene Pinnock while punching her in the head on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.
In this July 1, 2014 image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles Marlene Pinnock while punching her in the head on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.
File photo by David Diaz/AP

A bipolar woman who was punched by a California Highway Patrol officer as she walked on a Los Angeles freeway has been taken into custody after being spotted on the same stretch of road.

The Los Angeles Times says Marlene Pinnock was spotted on the right shoulder of Interstate 10 near La Brea Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A CHP report says she ran into traffic lanes when officers tried to detain her. She was removed from the road and taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

In 2014, a motorist recorded a CHP officer punching Pinnock — who was on the ground — at least nine times on the same freeway. The officer resigned and Pinnock received a $1.5 million settlement.