A Colorado woman used a hair dryer to smash out the windows of a green pickup truck parked in downtown Sonora on Tuesday afternoon following an argument with her aunt.
Sonora Police Sgt. Tim Wertz said the woman broke out all of the car windows except the driver’s side back window panel. The front windshield was riddled with cracks and fractures after the 38-year-old Colorado woman repeatedly bashed it with an electric hair dryer.
“When we arrived on scene, she was standing near the car with blood on her hands,” Wertz said.
Wertz said officers spoke to the aunt, who was rattled from an argument and attack. The 74-year-old Reno woman was driving a 2000 Toyota Tacoma northbound on South Washington Street at about 5:30 p.m. when the two began arguing over “kid issues they were here for,” Wertz said.
Wertz said the aunt struggled to describe the situation, but noted it was likely about the woman’s children.
The aunt pulled over near the intersection of South Washington Street and Stockton Road, partially in a parking spot and partially in a red zone.
Wertz said the aunt told officers the woman twisted her arm while they were driving. The two continued to argue outside of the car before the woman smashed out the windows.
A small crowd of onlookers watching the destruction dispersed when officers arrived, Wertz said.
Wertz said the woman was detained at the scene and given medical treatment for her bloody hands, which were presumably cut up from the window glass.
She was transferred to the Tuolumne County Jail and temporarily placed in a holding area because she was uncooperative with staff, Wertz said.
Aimee Marie Nelson, 38, identified in jail booking logs as a transient medical assistant, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail at 5:50 p.m. on suspicion of felony vandalism and misdemeanor battery on a person.
Her bail was set at $10,000. As of Wednesday afternoon she remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.
According to Tuolumne County Jail booking logs, Nelson was arrested on Jan. 18 for an out-of- state warrant on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice. She was arrested at the Tuolumne County Social Services office on the 20000 block of Cedar Road in Sonora by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.