South Haven woman tailgates couple, then punches passenger
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent January 17, 2013 1:32PM
Lisa Berry | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:07PM
SOUTH HAVEN — A woman who nearly caused a crash allegedly pushed one witness and punched another. Police also accused Lisa Berry, 33, of South Haven, of intentionally injuring herself to try to force them to arrest the woman pressing charges against her.
At about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, a South Haven couple told police a red Ford Focus had been tailgating them on Juniper Road and Midway Drive. When they attempted to turn left into their driveway, in the 300 block of Midway Drive, they had to stop because the Ford sped past them on the left. A teenager who witnessed the near-collision yelled at the Ford’s female driver, later identified as Berry, who made a U-turn and stopped her car to confront him.
As Berry allegedly pushed the 18-year-old male, the passenger of the vehicle that had been tailgated went to help him. The 50-year-old woman told police she told Berry to stop and asked if she was drunk. Berry responded by punching her in the jaw, according to the victim and her husband.
Berry and her passenger ran from the scene. When police caught up to them in the 700 block of Governor Road, both admitted Berry punched the woman but said the other woman made the first move.
Police said Berry screamed at officers and kicked them, but without causing injury. They called for a jail van because once Berry was in the back of the squad car, she kicked at the door and window and they feared she would cause damage. Ultimately, Berry complained of shortness of breath and asked to be taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Berry had no visible injuries when she arrived at the hospital, according to the arrest report, but her right eye was swollen and red after she used a restroom by herself. She told police the injury was from the other woman punching her and asked why she had not been arrested, police said.
Berry was arrested for battery, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana; all are misdemeanor charges.