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Cop Loses Eye After Woman Kicks Him During DUI Arrest

| by Kathryn Schroeder

An Arizona police officer lost his eye after a woman accused of drunk driving kicked him with the heel of her boot.

Around midnight on Dec. 10, deputies pulled over 28-year-old Yesennia Gonzalez for speeding and unsafe lane changes, KSAZ reports. She was handcuffed and arrested for DUI.

When deputies tried to place Gonzalez in a patrol car she began kicking, Deputy Cody Gress said.

A kick by Gonzalez resulted in the heel of her boot hitting Traffic Unit Sergeant Mark Bustamante in the left eye, causing serious injury.

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Deputies said the kick was intentional.

Bustamante was taken to a hospital where doctors tried to surgically repair his eye, but the damage was not repairable. He will have to receive a prosthetic eye.

"My hopes are high for him. I know that he will have some struggles and he's going to have to make some decisions, but the biggest decision for him to make is to get healthy," Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos said.

A prosthetic eye cannot restore vision, but does provide a more natural appearance, according to All About Vision. It is custom-made and matched in size and color to the natural eye. It normally takes between three and six weeks after surgery before a prosthetic eye may be set in place.

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Gonzalez also allegedly kicked another traffic officer during her arrest, but what injuries the officer suffered, if any, is unknown, KNXV reports.

Gonzalez was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of DUI. She is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Sources: KSAZ, KNXVAll About Vision / Photo credit: Pima County Sheriff via KSAZ, Pima County Sheriff via Tucson.com

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