A woman named Etta Mae Lopez really really really wanted to quit smoking. So she slapped a cop, so she could to go to jail where smoking isn’t allowed. That’s certainly one way to do it, huh?
Lopez smacked Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy Matt Campoy in the face on Tuesday as he left the county’s main jail after his shift ended. He then grabbed her and took her inside the jail, where she slapped him again on the arm. Once she was handcuffed, Lopez explained that she’d hit Campoy because he was in uniform and she wanted to make sure she was assaulting an officer because she wanted to go to jail.
Campoy told the Sacramento Bee:
“She waited all day for a deputy to come out because she knew if she assaulted a deputy she would go to jail and be inside long enough to quit her smoking habit.”
Lopez, who is 31, pleaded no contest to battery and was sentenced to 63 days in jail, as well as five days for violating probation from a drunk driving conviction in 2010.
I’m not really sure what else to say about this story other than Lopez certainly had one of the most creative ways to quit smoking I’ve ever heard. Her actions are equal parts hilarious, sad and downright bananas, but whatever works, I guess? Nicorette or a smoking cessation program might have caused less public embarrassment (not to mention legal fees and pain for a totally innocent deputy!) but I do hope that Lopez’s time in jail does actually help her quit smoking, however unnecessary jail time might have been.