Palm Bay woman beats driver, then tells officer she will have his badge

Palm Bay woman hits driver before vehicle hits curb and rolls.
Palm Bay woman hits driver before vehicle hits curb and rolls.

MELBOURNE, Florida – On Sunday at approximately 12:17 a.m., officers responded to a car accident in the area of 4000 S. Babcock Street.

As Melbourne Police arrived, officers observed debris in the roadway and several people advising that a vehicle hit the curb and rolled over in the street.

Officers made contact with the driver and the passenger, identified as Philip Back and Ashley P. Zentz of Palm Bay.

An officer asked Back, the driver, what happened, and he said the two were arguing. Back stated that he thought he saw a set of taillights and served, and then the car was rolling, according to the report.

“We just got married this morning, sh** is crazy,” he told police. The officer also noticed redness to the right side of his face and multiple scratch marks on both of his arms, but Back declined to talk about it because he did “not want to get her in trouble,” the affidavit said.

Zentz, 30, told the officers to “go fu**” themselves when they tried to ask her questions. Zentz then told the officer that she will have his badge if he takes her to jail, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses who were stopped at the light said they saw Zentz striking Back and yelling. When the light turned green, they could still see Zentz striking the driver before the car hit a curb and rolled over, the affidavit said.

Zentz was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center to be medically cleared, then she was arrested on a charge of Battery Domestic Violence.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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