Woman pleads no contest to battery on officer

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Amy Lee Giorgio

Amy Lee Giorgio, who was caught on camera dragging a Gulf Breeze Police officer with her vehicle during a January traffic stop, plead no contest Thursday to multiple charges, including aggravated battery upon a law enforcement officer.

According to Police Chief Robert Randall, Sgt. Kerstan Tatro pulled over Giorgio, 30, of Gulf Breeze, for erratic driving Jan. 5 at the base of Pensacola Bay Bridge near 17th Avenue.

Tatro asked Giorgio to exit the vehicle. At that time, Giorgio started the vehicle and drove off as Tatro attempted to grab her keys. Tatro was knocked down by Giorgio’s vehicle. She dragged him a short distance before running over him.

Tatro, who sustained a compound fracture in his arm, underwent emergency surgery.

Giorgio, of the 200 block of Northcliff Drive, was arrested in a nearby parking lot.

“She was extremely impaired,” Randall said following the Jan. 5 incident.

In addition to the aggravated battery charge, she pled no contest to

possession of a controlled substance, fleeing and attempting to elude, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Giorgio also entered pleas in three separate cases which include charges of possession of controlled substance, driving while license suspended, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office.

Giorgio faces a possible sentence of up to 50 years in state prison. Her sentencing date is Aug. 25.

She remains in Escambia County Jail without bond.

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