Salem woman pleads guilty to assault, escape

LISBON — Tricia A. Watson, 35, Jones Drive, Salem, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to assault, a fourth-degree felony, and escape, a fifth-degree felony. Watson is facing up to two and a half years in prison and a $7,500 fine. A sentencing hearing is set for today.

While in custody, Watson threatened to elbow Salem Patrolman Michael Garber on Feb. 12, 2018, before kicking the wall in front of her with both feet so she could slam Garber’s head and back into the opposite wall. She also threatened to spit on him while telling him she was HIV positive.

Prior to that on Sept. 26, 2017, while being transported by police, Watson slipped out of her handcuffs and jumped from the back window of a police cruiser, running until she was caught by Deputy Richard Kimble.