Stone Ridge woman charged with DWAI after allegedly biting soldier


An Ulster County woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly tried to fight off police during a traffic stop.

According to a written statement from the New York State Police, a soldier from Kingston Barracks saw a 2010 Saab heading west on Washington Avenue in the city of Ulster. The driving was allegedly in violation of vehicular and traffic law and the officer arrested the driver at around 9.45pm on Thursday June 9, 2022.

The soldier believed the driver, identified as Niccole Lignowski, 43, of Stone Ridge, New York, was under the influence of drugs and attempted to place Lignowski under arrest.

According to the NYSP, “Lignowski resisted arrest and became combative with the soldier, including biting him on the arm, causing a laceration. She was eventually taken into custody.”

When Lignowski was inside the state police car, police say she began kicking the front windshield, causing it to crack. Police say it also damaged the front passenger door.

A subsequent search revealed, according to police, that Lignowski was in possession of cocaine. The exact amount found was not immediately reported by police as of this posting, but resulted in a charge of criminal possession.

Niccole Lignowski now faces the following charges:

  • Third degree criminal mischief (felony)
  • Second degree assault (felony)
  • Fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (felony)
  • Resisting arrest (misdemeanor)
  • Seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor)
  • Drugs DWAI (misdemeanor)
  • Obstruction of government administration (misdemeanor)

Lignowski was released on an appearance ticket and is expected to face charges in court at a later date.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police.  The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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