December 6, 2023

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BRISTOL – A Bristol woman charged with assaulting a police officer, breaking another one’s eyeglasses and flooding two jail cells is seeking a better plea deal than the ones state prosecutors had offered.

Rocxie Darling, 31, of 134 High St., also allegedly threatened a tow truck driver and damaged his truck as her vehicle was being repossessed.

She appeared in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday, when state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said two plea deals that had been offered to Darling have been withdrawn. One would have included a felony plea and no prison, and the other would have included a guilty plea to misdemeanors and a period of prison, he said.

Instead, Darling’s attorney will seek a better deal during a hearing before a judge, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 10.

According to police, officers were called to Darling’s home Nov. 8, 2017, after she used a broom stick to strike the tow truck driver’s vehicle. She was not immediately arrested and was later brought into custody and to the police department, where police said she refused to have her mug shot taken and submit her fingerprints. Officers then put her in a holding cell.

While in the cell, police allege, Darling used toilet paper to clog both the toilet and the sink, flooding the cell. She also blocked the view of the camera with toilet paper. Two officers then went to the cell to move Darling into another holding space, when she allegedly punched one officer in the face. During the struggle, another officer’s eyeglasses fell off, and Darling allegedly stepped on them, crushing them.

After being brought into another cell, police said, Darling broke the sprinkler head and flooded that one as well. She was then brought into a third jail cell, where there were no further issues, according to police.

The officer who was punched was able to continue his shift.

Darling is facing charges of assault on a police officer, failure to comply with fingerprint requirements, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree threatening and first-degree criminal mischief.

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