Woman charged with assaulting Clemson officer

CLEMSON — Clemson University police charged a Seneca woman with assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest and several misdemeanors after a Saturday-night traffic stop on campus.

6-24 Page 3A.inddMelinda Jane Paris, 27, was charged with assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest, a felony; and misdemeanor charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, improper turning, child endangerment, simple possession of marijuana, and having defective equipment on a vehicle. She is not a Clemson student or employee.

She was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Saturday after an officer stopped the vehicle because of defective equipment and during the traffic stop, noticed the odor of burning marijuana. The driver refused to obey the officer’s commands there was a physical altercation that resulted in an injury to the officer’s forearm, according to the warrant.

Paris was released on a $15,654.50 personal recognizance bond.