California has done more
to incentivize folks to kick their cig habit than most states, but it's apparently not enough for a woman who slapped a cop just so she could be guaranteed a smoke-free experience. In jail.
31-year-old Etta Mae Lopez struck Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Matt Campoy as he left the city's main jail, reports
the Associated Press
, in an apparently ham-fisted attempt to extinguish her longing for a cigarette. According to Campoy, Lopez "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 was charged with misdemeanor battery on a peace officer and sentenced to 63 days in county jail, which may or may not be long enough to get over the jittery desire to light up .
Making reference to a popular nicotine patch, Campoy told reporters, "I've been telling everybody that I have a new Irish name: Nick O'Derm."