Courtroom fight injures deputy

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy was injured Thursday during a courtroom fight with a woman displeased by a judge's ruling, an official said.

The female deputy, who was not identified, suffered a back injury when she tried to detain Aleyda Hooper, 49, of Lawrenceville.

Hooper became uproarious and fought with two deputies after Recorders Court Judge Patricia Muise sentenced her to 70 days in jail for quality of life violations, an official said.

"Deputies tried to move (Hooper) to a holding cell at the (courthouse) annex, and she fought all the way there," said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

Deputies used a Taser to subdue Hooper and arrested her. She faces an additional charge of obstructing law enforcement officers. She was not injured in the struggle, Bourbonnais said.

The injured deputy was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Hooper was initially cited and dealt a suspended 70-day sentence for leaving her Kingsborough Drive yard cluttered with junk vehicles, tree debris, livestock and other items, Bourbonnais said.

"She was given time to correct the problems, but she didn't," Bourbonnais said.